Have you ever been scared? Really scared?
I remember growing up and having intense bouts of fear. One of those fears was the belief I was going to be left behind in the Rapture (the Biblical kind).
The fear crept in whenever I would return home and find the house empty. Mom, dad, sister, brother… Nowhere to be found.
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What was to be found was fear. Fear I wasn’t good enough. That I’d done something unforgivable. Or that I wasn’t a true believer.
Except the fear was unfounded. I hadn’t been left behind during the Rapture. The Rapture never happened and my family was just out and about on their daily business.
You ever have fear like that? It’s petrifying.
What Fear Does
For me, fear paralyzed me. It sent my mind racing and trying to figure out WHY I was left behind. Read more...
There are many things in life I wish I could do over. But I can’t.
The past is the past and there’s no changing it.
People will go so far as to say that we shouldn’t reflect on the past. It’s done and over with.
No use crying over spilled milk. Or so the saying goes.
The Wrong Attitude
From my experience, this is the wrong attitude to carry in life. Moving on from the past and never analyzing the past is a disaster waiting to happen.
There’s another saying:
Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
My belief is this quote on the past is a better mantra to carry on in life.
Get rid of the wrong attitude on the past. Take a new view on the past. Read more...
What’s the worst that could happen? I double-dog dare you. You’re not chicken, are you?
The words that come before we do something stupid.
Ever been there? I think we all have. I know I’ve uttered those words or accepted the challenge given.
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And sometimes they ended with me doing something dumb.
One time I was challenged to swim out to a no-swim buoy in Lake Michigan. Big mistake.
It was dumb and I almost didn’t make it back to shore.
Then there was the time I turned down an assistant manager position. Only to wind up fired from my job.
When these things were happening, it seemed like I was doing dumb things. Not making wise choices.
The swimming incident most likely wasn’t the wisest choice I could have made. It almost cost me my life. Read more...
Leadership is a labor of love. You’re going to pour your all into it. And you may never get the energy you put into it back.
Leadership is hard. Leadership requires much of you.
You’re never going to find a quick fix to make your leadership easier.
Leadership Is Difficult
There’s no way around this. Leadership will be difficult, especially as you start out.
You’ll be called on to provide everything you’ve got. Sometimes this isn’t enough. And you’ll be required to give more.
Your tribe won’t always want to follow. Your vision won’t always lead to sunshine and roses. Your leadership will be questioned.
Leadership is difficult. No question about it.
While there will be difficulty, don’t give up. You’ll regret it when you do. And you’ll be so close… Read more...
The movie version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases in theaters today. Are you going to watch it? I’m hoping I’m able to watch the movie soon. It looks amazing.
But did you know before The Hobbit was a movie it was a book?
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote it as the prelude to the enchanting Lord Of The Rings series. The Hobbit tells the story of Bilbo Baggins as he leaves Bag Ends and enters into a world of adventure.
As I was reading his story, I picked up on 7 leadership principles we could all learn from The Hobbit. Read more...
- Sometimes leadership finds us unaware: Bilbo wasn’t ready for an adventure when Gandalf stopped by his house one unassuming morning. But adventure is what Bilbo received. Your entry into leadership can happen like this. Someone sees your potential. He picks you. Before you know it, you’re on a grand adventure of leadership.