JACK PALANCE’S CHARACTER ABSOLUTELY HAD THE RIGHT IDEA IN INSISTING THAT ONE THING LOOMS OVER ALL ELSE IN MAKING SUCCESSFUL LEAPS

On her blog, “She Writes,” Julie Luek commented the other day on how important it is to know your purpose if you want to succeed at making the leap consistently as a writer or in any other endeavor.

Here’s how she introduced the idea:

“One of my favorite movie scenes is from the film City Slickers. In the scene Jack Palance’s character, Curly, a grizzled cowboy with a cigarette dangling from his lips, is riding on horseback alongside Billy Crystal’s city character, Mitch, who is in the throes of a midlife crisis.

“Curly turns to Mitch and asks, ‘Do you know what the secret to life is?’

“Mitch eagerly responds, ‘No, what?’

“Curly holds up one, leather–gloved finger. ‘This.’

“’Your finger?’

“’One thing. Just one thing.’ Curly pauses. ‘You stick to that and everything else don’t mean shit.’

“’That’s great, but . . .’ Mitch shrugs his shoulders slightly. ‘What’s the one thing?’

Curly points his finger at Mitch. ‘That’s what you got to figure out.’

I agree with both Curly and Julie.

For years, at Brain Technologies, we’ve encouraged folks to take a very serious look at what their purpose is. In fact, we’ve gone so far as to develop an instrumentality for helping serious purpose searchers identify this unwavering “north star” for guiding them through life’s leaps. That tool is called PathPrimer®. You’ll find more details here.

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