Part 2 | Strengths and Inspiration

InspirationLife2EDITApril 14, 2016

Food for Thought and Action:

Is anyone born already being successful?

In a broad sense, no.  We have to do something first in order to succeed—no matter what it is great or small, we have to act to make anything happen.  We cannot just think about things.

No one is celebrated for simply being a prolific contemplater or dreamer.  No way!  It’s what we do with our thoughts and ideas that matters.  This includes: sharing ideas, activating others, collaborating, making things, building and co-creating, and adjusting our behaviors and activities.

Sure, successful people are often profound in their thoughts, dreams, and ideation—but it’s the fact that they put effort behind them with action that separates them from the rest.

It might sound strange, but a good idea (all by itself) never did the world any good.

This doesn’t mean that we must advertise our every great thought with the world; instead, a profound idea can change us from the inside out, it can revise the way that we see and interact with the world around us, which is a form of taking action.

So, again, what do all of these people have in common?  It’s not that they had great ideas.  It’s not their good luck.  It’s not their background.  It’s not their genetics.  It’s not their location or age.  And, it’s not mysterious.

Emily Dickinson | Rembrandt | Neil deGrasse Tyson | Christopher Soghoian | Picasso | Rob Dyrdek | Renoir | Penn Jillette | Mozart |  Bach | Strauss | H.H. Munro | Voltaire, Dr. Seuss | Woody Harrelson | Shel Silverstein | Angie Vargas | Paulo Coelho | Jackie Robinson | Frida Kahlo | Spike Carlsen | Diams | Leonardo DiCaprio | Hugh Jackman | Neil Gaiman | Rosa Parks | Christian Rudder | Sally Mann | Georgia O’keefe | Louise Bourgeois | Edward Snowden | Toni Morrison | Jean Michel Basquiat | Andy Warhol | Lady Gaga | Alexander Calder | Jackson Pollock | Princess Diana | Nina Simone | Phil Anselmo | Prince | Bob Dylan | Venus Williams | Serena Williams | Gertrude Stein | Nikki Witt | Christopher Nolan | Spike Jonze | Rumi | Chris Rock | Sarah Silverman | Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson | George Takei | David Bowie | ‪David Witt‪ | Martha Graham | Walt Whitman | Bill Murray |Col. James Hecker | George Lucas | Paul Newman | Fred Rogers, Susan Sontag | Simone Weil | Gaston Bachelard | Carl Jung | Bill W. | Joe Rogan | Greg Carlwood | Graham Hancock | Jack Welch | Napoleon Hill | Michael Jordan | Antoine de Saint Exuperie | Victor Hugo | Nikola Tesla | Arnold Schwarzenegger | Jeff Anderson | David Beckham | Jim Carrey | Jay Z | Robin Williams | Stephen Spielberg | Whoopi Goldberg | Chris Farley | Helen Keller | Simone de Beauvoir | Barack Obama | Johnny Depp | Chuck Norris | T. Harv Eker | Bruce Lee | Tony Robbins | Yvon Chouinard | Mark Twain | Vladimir Nabokov | Joni Mitchell | Chuck Berry | Julia Butterfly Hill | Ralph Nader | Winona LaDuke | Bono | Pete Seeger | Ellen Degeneres

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world.  He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.

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