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Could you imagine living a life of abject poverty? You don’t know where your next meal will come from. You don’t know how long it will take you to walk the 5 kilometers to school? There’s even the possibility your mother or father will be dead upon your return.

Everything is uncertain. And everything is unpleasant. That was the life of you Phiona Mutesi.

Book review of Queen Of Katwe

Growing up in Katwe, a slum in Uganda, that was Phiona’s life. She had no certainty. And life was more than likely going to be extremely hard on her.

Then everything changed when she stumbled upon a chess club run by Robert Katende.

Robert hadn’t led a great life either. He was a war refugee who became a missionary through Sports Outreach Institute.

He helped Phiona change the course of her life. And that of many other Ugandan children.

Have you wandered through life wondering what your purpose really was? Do you know who you truly are?

I know a lot of us grow through periods of time when we are completely lost. We don’t know what to do or where to turn.

Be confident. Be brave. Be successful

That’s why I smiled as I read through Jason Pockrandt’s new book, The Confident Father’s Guidebook: 5 Steps To Personal Transformation.

His story mirrors mine closely. Working jobs I didn’t enjoy and not knowing where, or how, to get to where I wanted to be.

His words rang true.

Not only that, Jason’s words were inspiring. They renewed my hope in better things.

1. I don’t live to work. Today I Live To Give.

Jason found a passion he didn’t know he had. He discovered he was created to give.

Give his life. Give his time. Give hope.

Arianna Huffington, of Huffington Post fame, knows a thing or two about thriving. This isn’t to say she learned the easy way.

No, not at all. Rather, she learned how to thrive as a leader because she ran headfirst into burnout and health problems. All caused by an improper workload.

In Thrive: The Third Metric To Redefining Success And Creating A Life Of Well-Being, Wisdom, And Wonder, Huffington shares what she believes will help you thrive in leadership and in life.

Learn to thrive as a young leader

What’s Good About Thrive?

There’s a lot of good content in the book Thrive. Huffington experienced a life-threatening condition all because she didn’t know how to balance life with work.

That’s why Thrive was written. Huffington wants everyone to know that you don’t have to crash and burn because of work. Rather, you can thrive.

Early on in Thrive, Huffington shares an excellent anecdote from her mother:

Be a moment makerCarlos Whitaker, the worship leader for Andy Stanley’s Buckhead Church in Atlanta, recently released his first book. The premise is very promising. You can live your life or it will live you. The choice is up to you.

Carlos sees our lives as a series of choices. We have the ability to choose to make a moment in our lives or to pass it by.

In Moment Maker, we see Carlos live out his choice to help people make moments. We see his family birthday tradition, how he made a transgender feel love and special, or how he had to rescue a beautiful moment of releasing pet butterflies with his children.

Moment Maker is full of moments that stand out as special. Moments that will touch you and show you simple ways you can leave an impression on the lives of the people you lead and do life with.

I don’t know about you but I cringe every time I hear the word boundaries. As a leader, I always thought boundaries prevented me from doing what needed to be done. Boundaries felt like a cage, restrictive and something that held me back.

However, as I read through Dr. Henry Cloud’s new book Boundaries For Leaders, I realized I’ve been wrong. Leaders need boundaries. The key is learning how to define the boundaries.

Cover image for Boundaries For Leaders by Dr. Henry Cloud

Boundaries For Leaders Cover

Dr. Cloud is probably best known for the book Boundaries, that he co-authored with John Townsend. In Boundaries, Cloud and Townsend shared how everyone needs to have certain boundaries:

Physical Boundaries

Emotional Boundaries

Mental Boundaries

Spiritual Boundaries

The boundaries discussed in that book are fantastic and make a valid case for why we need them. However, they weren’t written in a way that directly related to leaders. This is where Boundaries For Leaders come into play.