It’s much easier to educate a doer than it is to activate a thinker.

Andy Stanley

Focus. Everyone wants focus.

Focus helps you to niche down and become intent on accomplishing one specific goal. And that’s what we need as leaders.

We need to be able to narrow our vision and focus in on the next steps we need to take.

But how do we do this? How do we find focus and go for it?

Don't miss out on focusing on the most important things

Image by Ben Smith

John Lee Dumas over at Entrepreneur On Fire has a great acronym for focus. Follow One Course Until Success.

Boom! Can you see how this is valuable to a leader? Going straight ahead, following one course, committing to action. It all leads to success.

But with so many shiny objects and, oh squirrel!, different paths to choose, finding focus can be quite difficult. You can also find shiny objects that call for your focus but don’t deserve it.

It’s that time of year again. The Catalyst leadership conference in Atlanta will be happening next week, October 1st through the 3rd.

So many great leaders will be presenting their thoughts and ideas to the crowd of over 13,000 young leaders.

Catalyst Atlanta 2014 Blogger meetup

Lives will be changed at the conference. Destinies will be realized. And an amazing blogger meetup will happen.

Paul Sohn and I have put together a great night on October 1st at California Dreaming in Atlanta, Georgia.

We hope that you can make it out to the meetup. Not only would you get to meet Paul and myself, you’ll have the opportunity to mingle and connect with many other young leaders and bloggers.

We really wanted to make this night special. And we think we’ve accomplished that.

The original title for this blog post was going to be Becoming A Better Person. Then I sat and thought about the blog title and knew it wasn’t right. The direction was wrong and I felt like I’d be doing you a disservice to write that type of article.

Instead, I wanted to share you don’t want to become a better person.

Share your art like Pop's from Speed Racer

Image via JD Hancock

Now, I know you’re probably scratching your head wondering why in the world you shouldn’t want to become a better person. I had the same thought as I began to write this post.

Becoming a better person sounds like a great idea. Who doesn’t want to become better?

Don’t Become A Better Person

There’s a problem with the phrase “a better person.” Can you spot it or do you know what the problem is?

Shooting Star Leadership

September 24, 2014 — 30 Comments

Do you remember the thrill of going outside on a cool, dark night to watch shooting stars? The air was cool, the sky was black. Nothing to disturb your viewing except maybe a few clouds and the brightness of the other stars.

Then, in a brief moment, you saw it. There! Up in the sky goes a shooting star. It was a sight to behold, for sure.

Yet, if you’re like me, the action of a shooting star was much too short. You got to see the star falling but only for a few seconds. Then it was gone. Never to be seen again.

Now, how many leaders try to lead in this manner? They strive to be shooting star leaders.

These leaders:

Go fast and hard for a brief moment

Shine brightly for a brief moment