The Funny Thing About Confidence

I recently had a conversation with a coworker about confidence. We came to an ironic conclusion.

Everyone is portraying themselves as confident. They have what it takes to get the job done. They are the ones you need to call if you need something done.

Confidence is a funny thing

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But is this really the case? Are people really confident?

I don’t believe they are. I know I’m not. Yet I can come across as confident.

There’s this facade we all put up to protect ourselves from the outward gazes of those looking at us. The facade is hurting us.

I’m Not Confident, No Really… I’m Not

When I look at the daily changes I have to face in my career, in my home, with my friends, I begin to quake. I don’t know if I have what it takes to take care of my job, my home, my family, and my friends. But I put up a front.

What The Book Writing Process Looks Like

It's not as easy as you might think

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been in the process of writing my first physical book. The book, Reel Leadership: Tales of leadership from the movies, will share insights into the leadership lessons you will find in the movies (much like my Reel Leadership articles).

I’ve longed to publish my first book. And the reality of my first book is edging ever closer. But one thing I realized is that I haven’t shared much of my book writing process with you, my readers.

My process for writing my first book Reel Leadership

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The book writing process is interesting. The book writing process also isn’t as easy as you might think it is.

You don’t just sit down and write a book. At least I haven’t been able to.

If you’ve ever wondered what the book writing process looks like, check out how mine has gone.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From American Assassin

A Reel Leadership Article

Imagine you’ve just proposed to the love of your life. You’ve gone up to the bar to order drinks. Then you hear gunfire.

Terrorists have stormed the beach. They’re gunning down anyone and everyone that moves. Including your new fiance.

This is how American Assassin starts.

Quotes and leadership lessons from American Assassin

Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) thus begins his journey for revenge. His lust for vengeance cannot be quelled.

But what can American Assassin teach you about leadership? Let’s take a look at the leadership lessons in American Assassin.

Caution: American Assassin spoilers below.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From American Assassin

1. Celebrate your victories:

Before everything goes sideways, Mitch Rapp asked his girlfriend Katrina (Charlotte Vega) to marry him. She said yes to the ring and him. He was ecstatic and ready to celebrate.

To celebrate, he decided to get drinks from the hotel’s bar on the beach. He’s ready to celebrate his win.

25 Encouraging Bible Verses For Young Leaders

Three years ago I shared an article titled 20 Encouraging Bible Verses For Young Leaders. Today, I want to add to the list of encouraging Bible verses for young leaders.

The Bible is one of the greatest business books any leader could read. Deep insights into human psychology, history, and encouragement can be found throughout the Bible.

Bible verses to encourage leaders

Let’s look at 25 encouraging Bible verses every leader should have memorized.

25 Encouraging Bible Verses For Young Leaders

1. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12

2. So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 7:12

3.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

Are You Carrying Around Digital Baggage?

Social Media May Be Weighing You Down

As I was sitting with a good friend of mine, Jeff of The Lounging Space, discussing life, love, and faith, we began to talk about baggage. Not the typical baggage you may think of.

We didn’t talk of lost loves. Or the pain of regret. No… We discussed digital baggage.

In today’s world, we’re carrying around Digital Baggage. More than we would like to admit.

What Is Digital Baggage?

Jeff and I came to the conclusion Digital Baggage consists of all of our social media channels. Facebook. YouTube. Twitter. Instagram. Google+, LinkedIn.

Each of these social media channels offers us something great. The opportunity to connect with long lost friends. The chance to stay in touch with new friends. And the ability to sell our wares to our connections.

But these social media channels also offers us something else. Digital Baggage.