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In this compelling film, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society - which promote an emphasis on achievement and accumulation - are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back. Through the intertwined stories of an overachieving businessman, a mother of two seeking her own expression in the world, and a director trying to make a name for himself, this entertaining film not only inspires, but also teaches us how to create a life of meaning and purpose. Additional cast members are: Michael DeLuise Portia de Rossi Ed Kerr Shannon Sturges

About the Actor

Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He is the author of more than 30 books, has created numerous audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. Many of his books have been featured as National Public Television specials. Wayne holds a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. Johns University in New York.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Portia de Rossi
  • Directors: Michael Goorjian
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Hay House, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F04Z8C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Estes on February 22, 2009
Format: DVD
I recommend the two-DVD, Deluxe edition, rather than the single DVD sold here. The first DVD is the "movie" (which is more of a docudrama) and is 2 hours long. The second is a supplemental disc containing about 2+ hours of interviews, additional movie footage, and music. Both DVD's are excellent and you may find they are worth a few dollars more for the set, as compared to the single DVD version that is available here. The second DVD contains the taped interview with Dr. Dyer that the movie was ultimately written around. It goes into depth into areas sometimes only touched on in the movie itself. However, if your more of a cut-to-the-chase-type, then the single DVD should work just fine for you - it's the one I've watched the most, and continue to go back to time and again.

The movie follows the stories of various guests checking into a beautiful resort along the California Coast: a young family; a wealthy couple with a troubled marriage; and my favorite, an ambition-driven director, wonderfully played by Michael Deluise, whom I remember as a frequent guest star on the Gilmore Girls. (Some trivia here - he is also the son of Dom Deluise.) The director and his small crew are filming a docudrama starring Dr. Dyer (played as himself).

All of the key characters in the film experience what Dr. Dyer describes as a "quantum moment". It opens the door to transformation for them as they recognize and begin to live "the music inside" that Dr. Dyer teaches we were all born with but too often push aside while we are busy living our lives. One of the key points in the movie: what if we come to the end of our life and discover it was all wrong?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Estes on February 21, 2009
Format: DVD
Updated January 2011: Sorry for the duplicate review here... this originally appeared on a different page when these DVD's were sold in two different packaging sets (one was a single disc version and the other a two-disc set which I reviewed below). The duplicate review you see above appeared along with the single DVD version which has since been deleted, so the reviews have been combined.

Also worth noting is shortly after the original release of this DVD, the name was changed to THE SHIFT, and you can still purchase it new under this name if you desire. But it is the same movie as reviewed here. Note, the only way to purchase the original "Ambitious To Meaning" title is to buy it used, here. If you decided to do this instead of buying the re-named version, you might want to check to see if you are getting the single disc version or the double disc set, as this particular product page doesn't really make it clear which version is being sold here.

Hope this helps sort out what has caused a bit of confusion. I think it would have been good if the folks at Hay House had gotten their act together before releasing this great movie in multiple disc-sets and names. (End of update)

This is a two-DVD set: the first DVD is the "movie" (which is more of a docudrama) and is 2 hours long. The second is a supplemental disc containing about 2+ hours of interviews, additional movie footage, and music. Both DVD's are excellent and worth a few dollars more for the set, as compared to the single DVD version that is also available. The second DVD contains the taped interview with Dr. Dyer that the movie was ultimately written around. It goes into depth into areas sometimes only touched on in the movie itself.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Dixon on January 13, 2009
Format: DVD
I think Hay House did it again and put out another meaningful movie. I enjoyed every minute of it. Don't buy this movie for great acting but for the message. It is a message I have heard Dr. Dyer talk about before but the scenery is lovely and I believe he gets his point across. I think it is a message you can never hear enough. Ambition to Meaning will be a movie like "You Can Heal Your Life" which I will watch many times over. If you are a Dr. Dyer fan or a Hay House fan I don't think you will be disappointed.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Student on January 14, 2009
Format: DVD
I thought the acting was excellent. Very natural, looked like real people to me and very convincing. Wayne's talking got a bit long in places. The point came across, but I thought this is too simple. The advice is easy it's putting it into real life that is the work. Knowing when to flow and when to assert, knowing when you're being selfish and when you are preserving your inner being in a healthy way.

I don't resonate with his use of God, it stills feels dualistic to me as if God is seperate from the ego and only in the flow, for me God is all there is and that includes when we use our ego and when we use our higher self. It kind of misses the point of the Tao to use dualistic terms I think. I prefer to use other terms and leave God out of it, but that's just me.

I kept watching the movie to find out the stories of the characters, and I thought the janitor had the most to offer as far as wisdom.

I think this type of movie is needed to balance out hollywood's influence, but we all know that it's still only one way of looking at the world through a very small lense and to apply it to real life will be a lot more complex and different for each individual.
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