Who You Are Matters

November 27, 2015 — 5 Comments

Being a leader, you’re often in the spotlight. You’ve got people watching you from every which way.

Your team is looking to you for leadership advice. The outside world is looking to see if you live up to the standards of a leader. Your family is conscious of how you lead them.

What hobbies do you have?

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You can begin feeling like you’re a leader and nothing else.

But that’s not the truth. Our lives are compromised of so much more than our position as a leader.

You Are More Than A Leader


While the majority of your day to day duties may deal with leadership duties, you know deep down you’ve got more to offer the world. Heck, you want more from the world than to only lead.

We were created with desires. Desires to:

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Anyone doing a great work will be faced with a major roadblock. That roadblock known by many different names could be summed up in one word – Criticism.

Criticism, it’s the killer of mighty men. Criticism, it’s what will keep you from doing your greatest work.

We often think that fear is the greatest enemy of progress.

We’re fearful we’ll fail. We’re fearful we won’t be fast enough to market. We’re fearful we’ll look like fools.

Fear is a great killer of progress, yet it’s not the greatest enemy. There’s something far more sinister.

That something is our ability to take criticism.

Why Criticism Is Worse Than Fear

Fear holds us back. Fear tells us we can’t do something. Fear is scary.

But it’s not as bad as we think.

Once you get past the trainwreck that the first Hunger Games movie was, you’re in for a treat. Catching Fire brought the Suzanne Collins story to life. Follow that up with the thrilling Mockingjay Part 1, you have to be unsure if they can continue the trend of improving upon The Hunger Games.

Fret no more, we discovered the truth when Lions Gate Entertainment released The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 this past weekend. They did it, they really did.

Learn leadership from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was a perfect follow-up and close to the previous films in this series. Not only did it bring the story to an end, it continued with the action and suspense the books intended there to be.

Caution: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 spoilers ahead

Rock What You’ve Got

November 20, 2015 — 4 Comments

For the longest time, I felt like my place was to be quiet and let others go before. I thought I had nothing to offer the world.

Whenever I’d reflect on who I was, I never saw the good. I never saw that I had skills people would give their right arm for.

I began realizing I had skills that were valuable after I picked up a copy of Dan Miller’s 48 Days To The Work You Love (Check out my interview with Dan Miller). In his book, Dan tells us that there are opportunities all around us. We only need to open our eyes and see.

The words began to seep deep within my soul. I began to see where my talents lay.

I soon discovered I had a penchant for computer repair, leading, and writing.

What happened then?

Anyone who has led for any period of time knows that leadership isn’t easy. In fact, leadership will be the most trying thing you ever attempt to do.

Leadership has a funny way of starting out.

You feel a pain. Your heart breaks. You see wrong.

And you feel the need to step up and lead.

Pain Leads To Leadership

Just the other day, I was stung by a sweat bee, I believe. I knew I’d been stung because I felt a burning sensation on my arm.

My first reaction was to get the thing that was stinging me off and away from me. I swatted and swatted and even ripped my shirt off.

It must have been a sight to see.

Once the immediate threat was gone, I also took action to reduce the pain from the sting/bite.