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Silence Is Golden

February 22, 2013 — 21 Comments

I remember growing up and seeing leaders who would yell, scream, and shout to make their point. Sometimes they were even red in the face.

Do you remember leaders like this?

Mouth of person shouting

Image By Alisha Varga

True, they were passionate about their cause. They wanted to share what they knew with the audience. Yet something about them was off-putting.

Nothing about them made me want to get to know them as a person.

What Shouting Says

There’s a lot of noise in our world today. Many people think the way to get over the noise is to shout their message even louder. Crank up the volume and make sure others hear you.

When you begin to shout your mission, you begin to send another message.

  • You’re desperate
  • You just want to be heard
  • You’re disruptive (in a negative way)

Who Makes Your Lunch?

April 16, 2012 — 33 Comments

In a classic Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown complains to Linus that every day his lunch is the same. When Linus asks Charlie Brown who makes his lunch, Charlie Brown says, “I do.”

Image via Jeffrey Beall

Charlie Brown’s complaint seems really silly after hearing his answer to “Who makes your lunch?”

He’s the one who gets the ingredients, puts them together, and puts them in the lunch bag. Yet he’s unhappy with the results.

Results that he has total control over.

What could he do differently?

He could pack a different lunch. He could go out to eat. He could even ask to swap his lunch with a friend.

Any of those things would change his lunch but he chooses to complain about it.

Are you like Charlie Brown?

Do you:

  • complain about situations that you could change?