Of all the billions of people living on this planet, the vast majority are striving for success. They work hard, they put in the time and many of them have obtained a level that the world would regard as “successful.” But what does that mean? Does success mean just finding and obtaining wealth and status?
My definition of success is getting what you want and finding happiness on a superficial level. Success is achieving goals without having much purpose behind those goals. Success is creating the life you want, but leaving no legacy. …read more
What does “Do right” mean to you? Doing what’s right is often difficult, but always simple. We naturally know what’s right by looking inward and honestly consulting our consciences. A man who does what’s right because someone forces him to is less significant than a man who willingly chooses to do right. …read more
During a visit with U.S. and coalition combat troops in Southwest Asia in 2005, I gave 23 speeches on 12 bases, and on the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier to more than 30,000 of our bravest soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, and Qatar. …read more
I’m so excited to offer an opportunity to anyone who ever wanted to learn how to speak effectively in front of a crowd, to learn how to find and tell your stories, and to learn how to bring an audience to laughter and tears. I don’t teach this public workshop very often, so I hope you’re in a position to take advantage of this offer! …read more
To change your life, something has to give. Maybe it’s your self-deprecating way of talking about yourself or maybe it’s a series of habits you’ve developed that leave you exhausted. No matter what your challenge, you can rise above it. I absolutely guarantee it!
There are five truths that, once incorporated into your daily life, will change your course and lead you to your true purpose and reason for being here. I call them the Five Game-Changing Truths. …read more
There’s a lot of people talking, nowadays, but it sure doesn’t seem like there’s much listening going on. It feels like the noise escalates as people shriek to have their opinions validated and their beliefs heard. As the voices get louder, people stop listening.
The continual clamor on news channels, social media and even in neighborhood meetings reminds me about the importance of paying attention. One of my favorite stories from the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series exemplifies the idea that we all need to be heard.
My dad battled a rare cancer for more than 6 years that affected his intestines, stomach and liver. As Dad’s last day approached, I wanted to be by his side when he took his last breath. But that didn’t happen.
I was in Seattle for a speaking engagement, staying at the Seattle Airport Marriott Hotel. I’d shaved and showered, and put on my coat and tie when the phone rang. Thinking it was my ride to the convention, I picked up the phone and said, “I’ll be right there.” Fifteen seconds of silence later, my younger brother’s voice pierced the quiet. “Danny?” Shocked, I answered, “Paul? What’s up?” …read more
I’ve had many remarkable experiences with military men and women during my time as a motivational speaker, but words can’t describe how I felt on January 26, 2017, when I was presented with the American Spirit Award by Maj. Gen. Garret Harencak.
The American Spirit Award is the Air Force Recruiting Service's highest form of recognition and is given to a civilian who has made a significant impact on airmen and the Air Force around the world. Many great leaders have been presented with this award, including Bob Hope, Dolly Parton and the Dallas Cowboys football team. I stand in awe of the people I’ve shared this award with. …read more
Have you ever listened to an inspiring speech and thought, “I could do that. It seems so easy.”? But here’s a secret: Every rousing speech you’ve ever heard has been rehearsed and practiced and rehearsed and practiced again. And again. And again. …read more