It’s true. We’ve all been given something. Yes, even you.
I know what you’re thinking though…oh great, another lame post about following my dream.
Well, sorta. But mostly it’s about recognizing what has been given to you. Whether you decide to use it not, that’s (sort of) up to you.
When I was younger, I went through some medical problems and while I won’t dig into the details here, I learned something tremendously awesome from it.
1. The course we have planned for our lives could change at any moment.
2. The gift we get from these situations should never be wasted.
I’ll start with point one. I thought I was on the course to play sports in high school and college. You know, dreams of being a pro athlete…all that crazy stuff. And then came an unexpected heart condition that forced me to stop. But through that, a different plan was laid out before me. Read more...
Often, after graduating school, we put our quest for knowledge on hold or kill it altogether. We feel that we have it all figured out.
Well, we need to put a stop to that line of thinking. It’s going to get you nowhere fast as a leader.
I Will Seek Wisdom
I wrote about the first decision in The Traveler’s Gift last month. The second decision for success Andy Andrews mentions in the Traveler’s Gift is I Will Seek Wisdom.
What does this look like?
The 2012 holiday shopping season is upon us. With the craziness of Black Friday and Christmas being less than a month away, I wanted to share with you some gift ideas for leaders.
Image via Mary DeMuth
Christmas 2012 Emerging Leaders Gift Guide
Leaders can be a hard lot to shop for. They’re willing to go out and spend the money to invest in themselves. They’re also willing to lay down the cash when they see something they like.
Regardless of the type of leader you are or follow, there are myriad of gift options in a wide range of prices.
Here are my top gift choices for various types of leaders.
Leaders Who Love Reading
John C. Maxwell’s The 15 Invaluable Laws Of Growth: Live Them And Reach Your Potential – This is John’s newest book and it veers from his normal writing topic of Leadership. Instead it focuses on the value of personal growth. Great for any leader looking to reach his or her full potential. Read more...
Today I have the pleasure of guest posting at Joseph Iregbu’s blog The Story Of Hope. I hope you’ll take the time to swing over to his blog and check out what I had to say.
If you’re interested, here’s a brief preview –
I’ve often found myself wandering through life, trying to decipher what the plan is; “Why am I here?” “What can I do for the world?”
If you’re like me, you’ve found yourself in a similar situation.
Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici
Cutting through the Mirage
Life offers us a myriad of options. We’re told we can be a firefighter, an astronaut, or the big one, the President. These all look awesome until we start to express what we really want to be. For me, there were times I wanted to design video games, to write, to become a power-seller on eBay. Read more...
We’re running towards the goal. Full tilt. Knowing that we have to step up our games as a leader.
But there comes a time when we must face the toughest task a leader must face. The task to pass the leadership baton to the next generation.
Why This Is Difficult
The transition was difficult. It’s hard to stop something that you’ve enjoyed and that has been very rewarding.
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
To some, passing the leadership baton seems to come easy. They’re able to pass the baton just like Olympians. During their greatest burst of speed, they hand off the baton and the next person takes up the race.
For most, this isn’t the case. They like to hold onto their position of leadership as long as possible. Keeping the title and the responsibility.
There’s the struggle. Read more...