Who are you dining with?

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Friday night, my wife and I attended the wedding of a great couple. There was a beautiful ceremony and great time of fellowship at the church. So, let me start out by saying congratulations Mr. and Mrs. TJ Canon.

Following the wedding was the reception! Normally, you would think about the food, the music, and clinking glasses to get the new Mr. and Mrs. to kiss.

For me, I get a little nervous regarding where will we sit. Is it assigned seating or do you find your own seat? Who will be sitting next to me?

The seating at this reception was not assigned. You chose your own seat and then others joined you at the table.

It is always an adventure. Sometimes you get a dud of a meal partner. Sometimes you get to rub elbows with some great people.

Bigger than your life: Leaving a legacy as a leader

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Think back in your life. Who has touched your life and what have they left you with? What type of person were they? By influencing your life, they were a leader to you.

Leaders touch many people and change lives. Their level of influence starts out small and grows as they touch their followers.

As a leader’s circle of influence grows, they will touch many lives they never know about. This will be done by the books they will write, conferences they speak at, or even blogs that they write.

When leaders start influencing others, their legacy starts to grow. The energy and knowledge that they pour into others will be the legacy that they leave.

The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.
–John Quincy Adams

Book Review of Enchantment By Guy Kawasaki

I just finished reading Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki. Guy Kawasaki is the former chief evangelist for Apple Computers and co-founded Alltop.com. He is also the author of many other books.

After hearing about Guy Kawasaki and finding out he was the chief evangelist for Apple, I had to pick up the book. With credentials like that he had to know about enchantment.

At 184 pages, the book was a quick read. Guy Kawasaki’s writing style was easy to read and enjoyable. He broke down the art of enchantment into easily understandable and easy to digest sections.

During my reading, I took a copious amount of notes and would like to share my observations with you.

How Is Your Follow Through? 3 Ways To Improve It!

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Something I’ve found myself struggling with is my follow through. I’ll get a phone call or someone will ask me to help them with a task. Happily, I’ll agree and say “sure, I’ll give you a call and setup a time.”

It is so easy to say “Yes” in a situation like this. You feel your sense of obligation to help kick in and you respond without thinking. You feel good about yourself and then continue on your way feeling you’ve done a good deed. But have you?

Nine out of ten times that phone call never happens. Life gets in the way or you just forget. It happens to the best of us, you say and shrug it off. You think it will not matter and it may not in the grand scheme of things.

Wildlife In The City

There’s always things that I’m surprised by. One of those is wildlife in the city. Having been born and raised in the city, I rarely saw any wild animals in the city. Normally I would see squirrels, birds, or a rabbit.

That is until recently.

Within the last year or two, I’ve spotted lots of different wildlife. Just last week, my wife and I were on our way home from the movies when we decided to take a ride down by the lake. On our way home we came across two deer in front of someones house. I was driving and didn’t notice the deer. My wife pointed at the deer and I just had to stop.