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How to Pivot Your Life Direction

Image of Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Hansen with their new book Ask

Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Hansen say asking questions will pivot your life direction in amazing ways. Listen as they share how it worked for them.

Our guests today are the power couple of power couples.

Mark Victor Hansen is best known as the co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul*, one of the best-selling book franchises of all time.

Crystal Dwyer Hansen is an entrepreneur, coach, and author of Skinny Life: The Secret to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Fitness*.

Together, they’ve written a new book, Ask! The Bridge From Your Dreams To Your Destiny*.

Here’s a summary of our discussion.

The Key to Finding Your Life Direction

Crystal says the difference between those who are really getting what they want in terms of success and happiness, and those who aren’t, is their willingness to ability to ask.

In looking back at their own journey’s, Mark and Crystal discovered there are 3 channels through which you can ask:

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How You Can Change the World

change the world with these characteristics | BIGG SuccessNear the end of the movie Oh God, God (played by George Burns) ended up on the witness stand. He is testifying for Jerry (John Denver).

Jerry has been sued by a televangelist for slander. He decides to fight the lawsuit.

And he asks God to be his star witness. Here’s what God said in closing:

“I know how hard it is in these times to have faith. But maybe if you could have the faith to start with, maybe the times would change.

You could change them. Think about it. Try.

And try not to hurt each other. There’s been enough of that. It really gets in the way.

I’m a God of very few words and Jerry’s already given you mine. However hopeless, helpless, mixed up and scary it all gets, it can work.

If you find it hard to believe in me, maybe it would help you to know that I believe in you.”


The starting point of all BIGG success

The starting point of all BIGG success is an act of faith.

Faith in a power greater than yourself.
Faith in your ultimate destiny.
Faith in yourself.
Faith in your abilities.
Faith in your ability to learn and adapt.

It’s an active faith, not a passive one.
You don’t just sit back and hope things change.
You take action because you have faith.

Because you act with faith, times change. Your economy improves.

Others do the same. Their economy improves. Individual by individual, economies change.

As individual economies change, neighborhoods change.
As neighborhoods change, towns and cities change.
As they change, states change.
As states change, regions change.
As regions change, countries change.
As countries change, the world changes.

You can change the world! There is tremendous power in individuals acting with faith to change their own personal economy.

But God isn’t through yet…

The important partner of faith

In His testimony, He added a basic ethical principle: As you change your personal situation, try not to hurt others.

But ethical principles don’t set ideals. They establish the baseline.

We should seek more. The second great commandment is “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Love your neighbor and you will be loved.
Give to your neighbor and you will be receive even more.
Add value to your neighbor’s life and create value for yourself.

It all starts with you. You’re here to do something special. God believes you can do it!

Act with faith and love and you can change the world, beginning in your corner of it. It leads to BIGG success!

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Must You Sell Your Soul to Be a BIGG Success?

must you sell your soul to succeed | BIGG SuccessMany people think so. Is it because…

They’ve tried to be a BIGG success but failed?

They don’t have the will to try again?

They’re scared of success?

They don’t know how to reach BIGG success?

They have some mistaken belief about values and success?


So they convince themselves that to reach BIGG success…


You treat people worse than you’d treat any animal?

You don’t hesitate to walk all over anyone who gets in your way?

You can’t have a conscience?

You have to be evil?


We can’t dispute that there are people who fit this mode. They have achieved a significant level of success in their career.

But that’s not BIGG success. BIGG success is about succeeding in life.

And, as far as we can tell, your career is only a part of your life. A significant part, to be sure, but only part.

Is it BIGG success when you have more money than you ever imagined but the only real friends you have are on your payroll?

Is it BIGG success when you receive untold recognition for your work but your spouse and kids barely know you?

Is it BIGG success when you have fame and fortune but still feel such a void that you turn to drugs, alcohol or some other substance?

We think not. We think that to reach BIGG success…

You’ll discover who you really are.

You’ll find your reason for being and pursue your destiny.

You’ll build untold character from the inevitable struggles.

You’ll help others and, in doing so, you’ll be better off.


In short…you won’t lose your soul. You’ll find it.

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