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Want to ‘live the dream?’ Here’s how.

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Remember Curtis Zimmerman?

He's the mime, juggler and deep thinker extraordinaire who gave a presentation a couple of years ago that still ranks as one of the most inspiring talks I've ever seen. I've been livin' the dream ever since.


Curtis is back, this time with a new book titled "Life At Performance Level."

If you're looking for a book that offers something different than his live presentation, you'll be disappointed. The book is packed with a lot of the same stories, the same metaphors, the same life lessons that Zimmerman delivers in his keynotes.

And thank God for that. We can all use a double shot of what Zimmerman is selling.

Here are some of my favorite Curtis-isms:

  • Don't sell yourself short. Your success depends on your ability to change your preconceived notions about what you are cabable of doing.
  • Play more "Simon Says." It teaches us to be response-able -- to act with intention and purpose. "It (requires us to) slow down, even slightly, to consider the consequences of the things we do before we do them," Zimmerman writes.
  • Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Master what you're passionate about. "Too often, we are tied to careers and situations we don't enjoy simply because of the benefits they offer," Zimmerman writes. "The most successful people ... are the ones who are driven to work by passion, not reward."
  • Failing at something doesn't mean you are a failure as a person. It means you have room to improve. If you are not failing, you are not growing.
  • You are the star of your show, but your show's success depends on your supporting cast. Populate your life with people who care about you, not about what you can give them.
  • Be supportive in return. "The more people who can count on you, the more you will have to count on when you need them," Zimmerman writes.
  • Share your wisdom. Teach others, and learn from them as well.
  • Never, ever stop learning. "Surviving and thriving in this world requires that we keep adding new skills to our bag of tricks," he says.

Like his live presentation, Zimmerman's "Life At Performance Level" is motivating, inspiring, and thought-provoking.

Give it a read ... and start livin' the dream.


Bill Sheridan