Today’s Vyrso interview is with Jim Stovall, international speaker and bestselling author of 25 books, including The Ultimate Gift and The Ultimate Life, both of which have been made into major motion pictures. Until November 11, you can get five of his ebooks for 71% off!
1. You’ve been an International Humanitarian of the Year, a National Olympic weightlifting champion, an Emmy Award winner, the founder of a television network, a bestselling author, and so much more. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of pursuing my mission and delivering my message. Someone on the outside looking in might think I do a lot of different things and my efforts are scattered. In reality, I have one message of hope and possibility that I deliver through five avenues: books, movies, television, speeches, and my weekly syndicated column. In the future, I will probably pursue new projects, but if I am true to my mission and calling, my efforts will be message-driven.
2. You have overcome many significant obstacles in your life. What tips do you have for people who face seemingly insurmountable hardships?
As a blind person, I believe my challenges are no greater than anyone else’s. Whether you’re facing job loss, divorce, financial problems, or a medical challenge, we are all only as big as the smallest thing it takes to divert us from our purpose. I would urge anyone facing a challenge to focus on the things they can do instead of the things they can’t do. Look for the opportunity beyond the crisis.
3. If someone asked you for one tip for successful living, what would it be?
Pursue your passion. I have met people from every walk of life who are succeeding. They all have one thing in common: they enjoy what they do. We live in a competitive world filled with opportunities. If you are not pursuing your passion, you will be competing with people who are pursuing their passion. It’s the difference between going to work and enjoying every minute of what you’re doing.
4. Tell us about the process of turning The Ultimate Gift and the newly released The Ultimate Life into major motion pictures. Is it hard to give up control of something that means so much to you?
I have written twenty-five books, and four of them have been made into major motion pictures. There’s probably not an author anywhere who has been more involved in the process. I have written and approved scripts, selected actors, and even performed a cameo role in each of the films. Having said that, when my books turn into movies involving hundreds of people, I realize that everyone will have input and express their own gifts and creativity. If you’re working with the right people, losing a little control can result in gaining a lot of creativity and excellence.
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- The Ultimate Gift
- The Ultimate Journey
- The Gift of a Legacy
- Today’s the Day
- The Ultimate Life
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