36 Leadership Lessons From 36 Years Of Life

Today marks the 36th time I’ve orbited the sun. That’s right, February 16th is my birthday!

I wanted to do something special for my birthday. I wanted to give you guys a gift. That gift is 36 leadership lessons I’ve learned over the course of my life.

life and leadership lessons on my birthday

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I hope you’ll enjoy these. Some of these leadership lessons are fun, other leadership lessons are serious. They’re all valuable though.

36 Leadership Lessons From 36 Years Of Life

1. Make friends:

Leadership can be lonely. But leadership is lonely only if you let it be. Make friends with people and your time in leadership will be much more enjoyable.

2. Know when to quit leading:

Leadership is a temporary position. There will come a day when you are no longer leading where you’ve been leading. Know when it’s time to hang up the leadership cap at your current position.

Leaders Are Better Together

There’s been a lie going around the leadership circles. The lie is that leaders are loners. They don’t need anyone else. They can do things all by themselves. The truth is, leaders need others. Leaders are better together.

While I was out for a nighttime winter run with my dog Lok, I began to think about how I was a better runner because he was with me. Our time running in the snow enlightened me to the following leadership facts.

Leaders Are Better Together

Having someone with you challenges you to be better:

The run Lok and I went on was only 3.3 miles. Yet I was huffing and puffing minutes into the run. I wanted to turn tail and head home, head hung in defeat. But when I took a look at Lok, he was still going strong.

5 Things To Do When You’re In A Funk

How To Get Out Of A Funk And Back To Yourself

Is there anything worse than being in a funk? Being down and out is no fun. Not only does being in a funk impact the way you feel, being in a funk impacts those around you as well.

When you don’t feel good, it is easier for you to bring down those around you. Your attitude worsens, the way you talk to others changes, and you become doom and gloom.

Get out of a funk by doing these things

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Being in a funk is okay. We all get down at times. In fact, I’ve been down lately.

I can tell when I’m in a funk, I

Don’t want to write

Treat people kindly

Read or improve myself

Don’t want to do much of anything

You can see how those actions are bad for you and those around you. They don’t add any value and they even detract value at times.

Leadership Lessons From Running A Half Marathon At 3AM

Why I Ran A Half Marathon At 3AM

Many months ago, my pastor came up with a crazy idea: Let’s run a half marathon! (For those of you who don’t know, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. That’s a long distance to go by foot.) That sounds crazy enough on its own. The next thing he said was: at 3 AM.

Wait… What? Did I just hear Pastor Ben right? He wants me to run a half marathon early in the morning? Well, he had. And I tentatively agreed.

half marathon leadership lessons

There was no firm commitment on my part. I think I said: I think I could do that.

Over the next couple of months, we did a couple of preparation runs. We started out at a 6 or 7 miler. Our last run together was 10 miles. That was two weeks before the half marathon.

I was cautious. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to accomplish the whole distance.

3 Money Habits To Help Unity In Our Community – Catalyst Atlanta 2016 Rachel Cruze

Today, I’m live blogging from the Catalyst Atlanta Conference. Catalyst is a gathering of leaders to hear from some of the best and brightest in leadership.

Catalyst’s theme for 2016 is Uncommon Fellowship.

If the live updates on my site aren’t enough, you can also watch Catalyst Live here.

The next speaker at Catalyst Atlanta is Rachel Cruze, the daughter of Dave Ramsey, author of Live Your Life, Not Yours.

Rachel Cruze speaking at Catalyst Atlanta

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There’s a lot of fear, shame, and intimidation around the topic of money. We’re going to put those feelings and emotions aside.

There’s hope and inspiration to be had on the topic of money.

3 Money Habits To Help Unity In Our Community

1. Quit the comparisons: We live in a time and culture where we compare ourselves to others. We’re comparing ourselves to the Jones’.