The Trouble With Just A Minute

Everyone’s always asking for just a minute of our time. It seems like no big deal. After all, it’s just a minute of your time.

The truth is: When you give someone a minute of your time, it’s more than just a minute.

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But that doesn’t sound right, you say. You’re only giving a minute.

Not true. When you give a minute of your time, you’re destroying momentum that has to be made up.

Think back to a time you’ve taken a road trip.

You’re driving along when you or one of your kids have to use the bathroom. Knowing what will happen if you don’t stop to use the restroom, you decide to take the next exit and find a restroom. It should only take a minute to relieve yourself.

Curiosity Didn’t Kill The Cat. Here’s What Did…

We’ve been told time and time again that curiosity killed the cat. Sure, it may be the case in a few instances. When you’re curious, dangers can arise.

But there’s something much worse that leaders should fear.

Curiosity won’t be the killer of most leaders. That falls at the feet of a true killer.

Leaders must be cautious of complacency.

What Is Complacency?

Complacency, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is:

Self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies

Think about the definition for a few moments. Let it sink in. Is this what you want?

The Dangers of Complacency

Leaders are called leaders for a reason. They get out there and blaze a new trail. Leaders take their staff to new heights.

Discovering Your Leadership Potential

Today, I am writing as a contributor to the Christian Writers Blog Chain. The theme for October is “Discovery.” If you are a Christian author or writer, be sure to check out to network with others.

One thing I truly believe is that everyone has leadership potential.

It’s not something you either have or don’t have. It’s a skill you can develop and discover along this journey of life.

Not everyone begins as a natural born leader. The good news is you’re able to develop and hone your leadership potential as you walk the path of a leader.

We find ourselves in various leadership positions without asking to be placed into the role.

It may be the day you find out you’re going to be a father. Or the time you see someone stranded along the road and decide to take action to help them. Or it may be when you’re promoted to the position of leadership for a job well done.

The Buck Stops With You

Do you ever wonder why you’re where you are? How did you end up in your current position?

It’s easy to dismiss it as life passing us by and circumstances bringing us to where we are.

It’s easy but not true. The truth is you made choices that brought you to where you are.

That means the buck stops with you.

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This is a principle Andy Andrews talks about in his book The Traveler’s Gift.

The main protagonist asks:

Why Me?

He’s then given the answer. Every choice he’s made has led him to his current situation. His choice of:

  • schools to attend
  • companies to send resumes
  • company he worked for
  • where and what to eat
  • staying with the company when he could have retired early

Each choice led him closer and closer to this point in his life.

Two Sides Of The Same Coin – Fear and Faith

There’s two sides to every coin. And yet it’s the same coin.

Whether it’s face up or tails up. The coin doesn’t change.

Fear and faith work in the same way.

Fear is one side of the coin. Faith is the other.


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You’re probably asking yourself “What’s Joseph talking about? Fear and faith are similar? He’s lost his mind!”

Hear me out though. They’re really similar. Just different sides of the same coin.

Fear is the feeling something bad will happen. In the future.

Faith is something good will happen. In the future.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Fear is the negative side of faith. For both you’re expecting something, good or bad, to happen in the future.

Fear is tails up. You’re hiding your head as you anticipate:

  • Bad news