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Roadmapping The American Dream with Larry the Cable Guy

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Every night on "The Big Idea," we talk about The American Dream, spotlighting guests who've achieved success, wealth and happiness by doing what they love, all with the hope of inspiring viewers to find their own version of that same dream.

In doing so, there's one key to success that all of our guests have in common: they've done, and they continue to do. We all spend our time wanting things to happen. Wishing. It doesn't happen that way.

You have to do. That doesn't mean you're going to achieve your goal simply because you pursue it, but if you don't, it definitely won't happen.

Take Larry the Cable Guy, for instance. Today, he's one of the biggest comedians in the world -- ranked #83 on Forbes' list of the most powerful celebrities -- but he didn't start out that way. Heck, he didn't even start out as comedian. Larry was working as bellhop in Georgia when he found the courage to take a risk, get on stage and make a couple jokes... jokes that got a few laughs.

But even if Larry hadn't gotten a single laugh -- say he completely bombed -- he'd still be no worse off than had he never gotten up on stage in the first place. You see, failing is the equivalent of never doing, and in the grand scheme of things, it's a much better alternative. So in seeking success, wealth and happiness in life, pursue your dreams. Because if you don't, you absolutely never will achieve them.

Git-R-Done!

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