12/07/2012 04:24 pm ET Updated Feb 06, 2013

The Answer to Big-Time Problem Solving? Shut Up and Dream!

It is widely known that we need better sleep to be more alert and healthier during the day. Thanks in large part to Arianna Huffington's advocacy work, women especially are rediscovering the value of a good night's sleep.

But a funny thing happens when we get more sleep: We dream more, and we tend to remember our dreams. Dream breakthroughs occur all the time in sports, medicine, business, literature, film, science -- it seems that any area where we concentrate during waking hours is likely to benefit from increased dreaming.

Dreams also give us wisdom and insights on personal matters. Big dreams can change our live completely, and may be our greatest source for the creative thinking needed to solve some big-time social problems.

So why don't more people follow their dreams? Aside from being too sleep-deprived to remember them, the answer is simply that we need to make it a habit, and find someone to tell our dreams to.

The best way to convince people that dreams are important is to show it in a powerful story. I had the opportunity to do this last month, and the result is this video, "Shut Up and Dream!" I hope it helps you develop the habit of dreaming for success, and that you go out and convince two more people to use their time wisely, get more sleep, and dream!

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