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EPISODE 2

If you’re anything like me, you crave inspiration.

There is something within us that begs for heroes to rise amongst the ordinary to show us that we can all be better people. It’s why we love the underdog, why we passionately tell the incredible story and why we flock to the superhero genre.

We need the creative, brilliant, inspirational people of the universe living on Planet Earth to do what they do, to drive us to do what we can do.

The reality is that we are all creative, brilliant and inspirational in our own way. The difference is many of us never “boldly go” and show it.

I am just like you, in need of inspiration to encourage me to be better. I am continually in awe of people all over the world who accomplish great things and prove the critics wrong.

That’s what this series is about – sharing with you the stories of people (entertainers, athletes, business leaders, writers, musicians and more) that inspire me because they have stepped out to boldly pursue their dreams.

Once again, I give you 3 of these people that have recently inspired me.

 

BRIAN GRAZER

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It’s not the crazy hair, though that’s inspirational enough. It’s not even the incredible movies & TV shows he produces. Ones like “Spies Like Us”, “Apollo 13”, “Kindergarten Cop”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “24”, “Arrested Development”, “Blue Crush” (yes, I listed that as an incredible movie. Deal with it.), just to name a very few in his long list.

Honestly, what has inspired me for many years now, still to this day, is a short essay that he wrote in the book This I Believe entitled, “Disrupting My Comfort Zone”.

It blew me away and solidly positioned Brain Grazer as a true inspiration to my life.

I hope it inspires you too.

READ HIS ESSAY HERE if you want your mind blown also. You know you want to.

 

HOWARD SCHULTZ

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I’m a huge coffee fan. I have been since the first time I took a sip of my dad’s coffee when I was a wee little lad.

But more than that, I love what coffee has become because of Starbucks and the vision of Howard Schultz.

Years ago I read his first book, Pour Your Heart Into It and I instantly became a Schultz fanboy. His passion for his work, employees, leading authentically, building something meaningful and bettering communities captured me.

Recently I watched a series of interviews with him about capturing the imagination. He had some incredible words.

READ & WATCH HERE the full article and series of interviews.

 

GUY KAWASAKI

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The first time I heard Guy Kawasaki speak at a conference I was attending I was enthralled. This guy had/s an incredible story.

He came up through the Apple ranks before Apple was the cool must-have juggernaut it is today. He helped build the ground floor of that “cool” as an Apple Evangelist.

Today he coaches & inspires entrepreneurs and funds & nurtures their ideas.

As a non-profit entrepreneur myself, his greatest impact on me has been his book, The Art of the Start.

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As the description says, The book is as relevant for two guys in a garage starting the next Google as social activists trying to save the world. GIST: cuts through the theoretical crap, theories and gets down to the real-world tactics of pitching, positioning, branding, recruiting, bootstrapping, and rainmaking.”

CHECK OUT HIS BOOK HERE

 

My hope is that these stories inspire you today and move you to action…

…To BOLDLY GO and be a creative, brilliant, inspirational person of the universe on Planet Earth.

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About The Author

Jason Sowell

Jason is a man (really), non-profit entrepreneur, missionary/pastor, musician, part-time barista, and a pro surfer in another life.

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