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The Unintended Magic of Human Connection

College was suddenly in the rear view mirror. Captivated by the idea of becoming a criminal defense lawyer, a young man had his heart set on working for the only foundation located in the biggest ghetto in San Francisco that provided legal defense and other social services for its community.

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The Possibility of Personal Belief

Do the economic, social, health headlines of today make you feel discouraged and fearful ? Do you worry about economic gloom and doom and tend to feel anxious or paralyzed by external events, or do you see possibility and opportunity for daily action based on strong personal beliefs and a bold yet pragmatic plan that focuses on rich opportunities, your talents and the value of what you have to offer ?

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The Prostitute That Took Disney By Storm

It was 1983 and I bought my first-ever computer from Apple, which arrived in an enormous colorful box and sat unopened for better than a month. In those days, you couldn’t plug in and go. This formidable machine didn’t do anything. It had to be programmed from scratch.

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The Least Planned Film Ever Produced

The writers’ strike of 1988 shut down the entire business of film and tv production for almost a year. One day, J.F. came to my office. I think I surprised him when, out of the blue, I said “You’ve nothing to do and I want to make a film”.

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Quitting is Never An Option

What compels some people to quit in the face of adversity and rejection, while others pursue their dream with a single-minded sense of purpose ? Why is quitting not an option for some ? What force of will fuels people to rise above bad circumstances or a string of initial failures ?

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From the Haight-Ashbury to Hollywood

I grew up in San Francisco in the 60’s, living only blocks from The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin – and spending almost every night and weekend immersed in the culture of that amazing time – all music and politics. I attended U.C. Berkeley during the maelstrom of the late 60’s and early 70’s.

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“No” Is Just A Conversation Starter

According to a UCLA study completed a few years ago, by the time a child is five years old, even before that child’s entered or completed a first grade education, he or she has heard the word “no” more than 40,000 times. Forty thousand times !

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