Are You Investing In Yourself?

While I’ve always loved learning, I’ve often failed to invest in myself. This lack of investment in myself is sad, looking back on it.

There are so many missed opportunities to grow. I dismissed the mentions of conferences as silly. I threw away audio recordings that were meant for growth.

I sucked as a young leader.

To improve, one must invest

Why I Didn’t Invest In Myself

Growing up, I never felt adequate. I always felt others were better than me.

I also believed that what I thought didn’t matter.

This stunted my growth for many years. This limiting mindset held me back as I struggled to grow.

I didn’t invest in myself because I didn’t think I was worth it.

Looking back, I want to kick myself. I wasted so much time, energy, and money chasing after things that didn’t help me.

5 Types Of People God Will Use To Break The Rules

God is a God of order. He’s also a God who likes to break the rules, especially with leaders.

The rules God will break aren’t His rules. They’re the rules of man.

Why God Breaks The Rules Of Man

The Bible tells us plainly why God will break the rules of man.

Man looks on the outside. This is the outward appearance, the way a person acts or looks.

God, on the other hand, likes to look on the inside. He likes to look for humble hearts, servant attitudes, ready vessels.

Not exactly the kind of people the world will look for. Yet, these people are the ones God will use to change the world.

This is why He breaks the rules. Man’s way of finding a leader is outward based. God’s way is inward based.

Will You Join Me At Catalyst Atlanta This Year? (With A Giveaway)

Every October for the past 5 years has marked a time of extraordinary growth for my wife and I. Why?

Because we’ve attended the Catalyst Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. And we will again this year.

I also want to give you the chance to attend this year’s conference. That’s why at the end of the post, I’ve teamed up with Catalyst to give away a free ticket (Valued at $299).

Experience the wonder of Catalyst Leadership Conference

What Is Catalyst Conference?

If you’ve read my blog for any period of time, you may have seen me mention Catalyst and the impactful events they’ve put on. I’ve attended the last 5 and live blogged the previous 2.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Catalyst, it’s a community of Change Makers.

The conference was conceived by Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, John Maxwell, Lanny Donoho, and many other young leaders. Their mission today is to embolden leaders all over the world.

Leadership Insights: Interview With Brad Lomenick

Recently, I had the pleasure of connecting with Brad Lomenick. He’s the Grand Poobah, as his podcast partner Ken Coleman calls him, of the Catalyst Leadership Conference.

Brad Lomenick Headshot

Brad’s work has included 5 years at Life@Work Magazine and management consulting with Cornerstone Group. He’s also ridden horses for a living in Colorado. This man has a wide berth of experience. He’s also the author of the soon to be released book The Catalyst Leader.

I hope you’re ready to go deep. Brad really brought it during this interview.

Q1: Brad, could you please share a little about the work Catalyst does and your role with the company?

BL: Catalyst gathers Christian leaders to inspire and equip them to truly be Catalysts in their communities. My role is to lead the organization and provide strategy, vision, brand development, and programming oversight.

What Makes A Leader?

Everyone asks this at one point or another in their life. What makes a leader? Am I able to be a leader?

The answer? It’s a resounding YES!

However, it’s not easy. It’s going to require a lot. You’ll face challenges that you’ve never faced and never wanted to see.

Those challenges are what makes a leader.

During my time at Catalyst East, Andy Stanley gave a talk on what makes a leader. I’m going to break it down for you and share my insights from this talk.

Your Responses

For every situation we face, we have a reaction. Positive, negative, indifferent, etc..

Your responses are what makes you a leader.

If you respond poorly to a situation your leadership could be called into question. Respond positively and others will have a more favorable view of you.