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How to Activate Ambition

Darren Hardy talks to author, blogger, speaker and change consultant Brendon Burchard about drive and what pushes us forward in life—and it's not sticking inside the lines of reality.

"Those unrealistic things, those are the ones that do charge us. They give us vision, they give us excitement, they give us challenge."

In the full interview, Brendon Burchard gives his expert advice on time management to help you accomplish more. Check out the SUCCESS Achiever's Series full interview, available at the SUCCESS Store.

Jennifer Gilbert: An Untouchable Entrepreneurial Spirit

In 1991, Jennifer Gilbert, who later founded the event-planning business Save the Date, was attacked—she was badly wounded after a man stabbed her and left her for dead. In this TEDx Talk, she tells that story, and she also tells the story of her resilience, of her entrepreneurial spirit that lifted her back up to find the joy she’d lost.

“We all have a defining moment in our life that can keep us stuck where we are or can help us to move forward and create something.”

Her attack didn’t hold her down—she decided to thrive and create something meaningful.

That was her entrepreneurial spirit stepping in, which she defines like this: “I think it’s passion. I think it’s moving through your fear no matter what to get to that thing. I think it is not listening to anyone who tells you you can’t. It’s that eternal yes. And that can create anything.”

Read the full story on Jennifer Gilbert and how starting a business helped her heal from that near-fatal attack.

How to Spot a Liar

In this TED Talk, Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shares the truths about lies and how to recognize deception, dishonesty. She gives us steps and knowledge to navigate a post-truth society.

"There are good liars and there are bad liars. There are no real original liars. We all make the same mistakes. We all use the same techinques."

She leaves the audience with this thought: "The subtleties of human decency—character, integrity—that's still what matters, that's always what's going to matter. In this much noisier world, it might make sense for us to be just a little bit more explicit about our moral code."

George Takei Talks Crowdfunding

George Takei, the Star Trek icon, has moved from the Starship Enterprise to social networks, with audiences in the Twitterverse and on Facebook. He's there for one specific goal: to raise awareness about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

He uses humor to grow his reach, and this "Takei's Take"--where he talks crowdfunding--is just one example of his signature wit. Why crowdfunding? Because he launched his own campaign to raise money for Allegiance, a musical about interned Japanese-Americans.

"I know firsthand that crowdfunding is a remarkable new way to fund your dreams, cultivate an audience or get projects off the ground. And if you're someone who's been sitting on that dream project for 20 years, well, this just might be your chance."

Read more about George Takei and how he's created a fan base on social media.

Anne Sweeney's Goals for Disney

Before her recent announcement that she’ll be leaving her position as co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the ABC family of television networks, Anne Sweeney talks about her ultimate goals for the company and her team.

Her No. 1 hope is for Disney to stay fresh and be everything Walt Disney envisioned. What she wants to ensure? "That we continue to entertain and delight audiences of kids and families around the world forever."

The TV exec recently revealed she would be leaving her current position to pursue her dream of directing. Read the exclusive Q&A she gives SUCCESS.


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