Blog - Living the Dream

Why I’m Really Not Kidding When I Say that I’m Living the Dream

I am well aware that when most people say that they’re “living the dream,” they’re saying it sarcastically. They say it when someone asks how they’re doing and they’re working a job they…

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5 Ways to Avoid the Summer Slump

For many of us, the dog days of summer aren’t a particularly motivated time of the year. It’s hot and humid in many parts of the country, so much so that we start…

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In 20 Years as a Speaker, This Was my Greatest Honor

PHOTO: (L-R) Trustee Lev Kubiak, President Michael Victor, Curtis Zimmerman, Cole Prots, Taylor Cavaretta, Rachel Hull and Maddie Weitz. WHEN THE PHONE RANG Last fall, the phone rang in my office. I was…

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How to Live the Dream Even When Life is Hard

You know it and I know it: Life can be hard, and living your dream takes hard work. I often answer that I’m “living the dream” whenever anyone asks how I’m doing, but I’ll…

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How I Went From Miming to Keynote Speaking [Podcast]

Have you ever had a dream but felt totally unqualified to live it? I’ve faced limitations, too. For 25 years, I was paid to be absolutely silent. Now, I get paid to speak…

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The Ultimate Guide to Making a Major Career Change

You’re ready to make your next move and tap into your genius. Maybe it’s time for you to start the business you’ve always wanted to, apply for that dream job across the country,…

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He Does NOT Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to be celebrating Valentine’s Day every day? They don’t share their love on February 14th only—they are bursting with love year-round for every person they…

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How His Insomnia Gave Hope to Thousands

Have you heard of the band Telehope? I’ve been honored to mentor them as they rise to national success. I remember the first time I heard Ben play the piano. He was totally…

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How to Present a Message that Sticks

Whether you’re getting ready to pitch the next big idea at your meeting, present in front of your department soon, or have been asked to be a guest speaker at a national convention,…

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Don’t Make Resolutions

It’s almost 2019, and we live more cluttered lives than ever. What do we do when we wake up? We respond to emails. What do we do when we’re waiting in line? We…

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I Beg Your Pardon

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are taking today to be with your family, to eat too much, and to spend some time reflecting on everything you have to be grateful for. I want to…

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Leadership Life Hack

You may have heard of–or attended–a business training retreat or conference. These can be incredibly useful to learn more about the current business world, new developments in technology or social media and becoming…

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Making every meal a Happy Meal

So I’m not sure how many of you are aware that we at the Curtis Zimmerman Group have been working closely for the past three years with McDonald’s–not only doing live programs, but…

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What is Living the Dream?

Everyone will have a best day, and everyone will have a worst day, but the majority of your life will be spent on what I call “just another Tuesday.” Many people spend their…

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Class of 2017-Keep your feet on the ground

For all those students graduating high school and college, and for all their parents, here is an inspirational story to remind you that, even when you don’t know what you’re going to do…

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Are you wasting your time and money?

Why do we pay for other people to wash our cars, to clean our houses, or to walk our dogs? Some might call it laziness, but I think the real reason we’re so…

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How “Living the Dream” Became Part of My Keynote

When I first started as a speaker, I didn’t have any part of my keynote in which I spoke about “Living the Dream,” how it’s my life motto, and how it’s change my…

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Forget Employee Engagement: Create the Dream Job

Every day, when I walk into the office, I sit at my desk and spend 30 minutes writing. This is Caroline, Curtis’ marketing manager, and I want to tell you why I have…

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