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How to Pivot Your Life Direction

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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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Personal Leadership in 5 Easy Steps

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Personal leadership is a long journey into your own soul. Discover five steps which will lead you to a more rewarding life.

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We discuss personal leadership on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

Your True North

We’re thinking about Christmas this time of year. One of the things we think about with that is the Star of Bethlehem. In the story of the birth of a newborn king, the wise men were guided by a bright star in the sky.

This Star of Bethlehem brought to mind the North Star, and that reminded us of Discover Your True North*, the wonderful book by Bill George.

In the book, true north is your destination, your BIGG goal. If your destination is BIGG success – Believing, Implementing, Goal-getting, Giving back success – you must be guided by a constant light. The light comes from your star.

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What Motivates You?

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Psychological research has identified sixteen basic desires underlying our behavior. See the list to determine what motivates you.

We discussed sixteen motivations for happiness on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

This show was inspired by the book, Who Am I? The 16 Basic Desires That Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities*. It’s written by the late great Dr. Steven Reiss.

He found that happiness and life-satisfaction come from a sense that our lives have meaning and fulfill a larger purpose. He calls this “value-based happiness.” He has identified 16 universal desires that drive all meaningful behavior.

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Find Your Why

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Find your why to feel fulfilled in life. Passion may get your attention, but it’s your purpose that sustains you in fulfilling your calling.

We discuss how to find your why on The BIGG Success Show today. Here’s a summary of that discussion. This show was inspired by a commencement speech by Madison Industries CEO Larry Gies, given at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Here’s a summary of what we discussed:

It’s graduation season. We love this time of year. So many young people passing into adulthood. The excitement of new beginnings. Hope for the future.

We love commencement speeches. We are often inspired and challenged by the messages delivered from the brightest minds in the world. We’ve covered commencement speeches before on The BIGG Success Show. For example:

Coke CEO Byron Dyson and the lesson of the five balls, Georgia Tech, 1991

Tom Hanks on fear and faith and success, Yale, 2011

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling on the power of imagination, Harvard, 2008

Steve Jobs on being crazy enough to change the world, Stanford, 2005

Larry Gies and George KruegerToday, we’re going to talk about the best commencement address at the best school – Larry Gies, CEO of Madison Industries, speaking to the Class of 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – on how to find your why.

We’ve known Larry for about 25 years. He’s a true entrepreneur, building his $5 billion business one acquisition at a time. He treats his people like people, not drones. And he and his wife, Beth, have given away millions of dollars, including a $150 million donation to the University of Illinois – the largest in its history.

So here are our takeaways from Larry’s commencement speech, 3 lessons on how to find your why.

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The Downside of Finding Your Passion

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We discussed finding your passion on The BIGG Success Show today. Click the player to listen, or keep reading for a summary of that discussion.

This show was inspired by a study on finding your passion to be published in Psychological Science.

The research shows people are led astray by the advice to “find your passion”. It makes it harder to discover one’s passion. So you get stuck. In fact, that’s a conclusion we came to years ago here on BIGG Success.

Fortunately, there is a better way…

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