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Phil Cooke Podcast

Dec 23, 2020

Hollywood producer and media consultant Phil Cooke shares inspirational career advice and action steps for long term success in your career or ministry. Shared first at the 2019 O2 Network Conference at The Bridge Church Denton, this talk includes practical tips from successful people in the film and television industry as well as major ministry leaders to help you finish strong in what God has called you to do.


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*More About This Episode* Career Advice: Inspiration and Action Steps to Finish Well in Your Creative Career or Ministry

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 NIV


What’s the difference between the people who fail and the ones who have long successful careers or ministry? With input from a number of creative and ministry leaders Phil offers practical action steps to help you have a long-term career. Includes tips from Dick Cook, former Walt Disney Studios chairman, Mark Zoradi, CEO of Cinemark, Ralph Winter, producer of X-Men, Star Trek series and more Hollywood film and television, David McFadzean, producer of Home Improvement, Warren Buffet, Oral Roberts and more!


  1. Write things down. Phil carries several apps, note cards and his own Unique: The Ultimate Planner for Creative Professionals to write ideas down as they come to him.


  1. Default to action. Successful people would rather make a wrong decision than no decision at all. As God told Gideons, “Go in the strength that you have…” Judges 6:14


  1. Be willing to take the hits. Take responsibility for bad ideas, stop blaming God, and move on.


  1. Be ruthless about your time. Dreaming is great, but doing is what increases influence. If God has called you to do something significant in your life, you’ve got to say no to things.


For example, Jesus walked away from certain villages and towns. The power of no can clarify your life in ways you can never imagine.


  1. Stop making decisions. Avoid decision fatigue by delegating and streamlining your decision-making process. The worst thing you can possibly do is make a great decision about something that doesn’t matter!


  1. Discover your one big thing. Discover what you were born to do! It’s not about passion, it’s about figuring out what God wired you to do.


  1. Understand the power of your story. Your story matters and how you integrate that story into your work is going to be the key for your breakthrough in your career or ministry.


Remember, God was willing to sacrifice His Son to win your story back and there’s somebody that needs to hear it.