Leadership Lessons And Quotes From 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

A Reel Leadership Article

Movies such as 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi are always hard for me to watch. Not because I ever served in the military. But because I know that these stories are based on real events.

Real events where people rose to the occasion and where other people failed to act. This puts a whole new spin on the movie.

Viewing a movie like this isn’t about having a good time. It’s about learning parts of our history told in a visual form.

With that said, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi was an intense viewing. There were tense moments, heartbreaking moments, and moments of joy.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi also showcased many leadership lessons.

It’s Okay To Be A Misfit

In high school, no one wanted to be a misfit. Rather, we wanted to be the cool kid. The one who was dating the cheerleader.

It made sense. If we fit in, if we were popular, we’d be liked.

Years later, I see how wrong this high school mindset was.

Misfits Rule

Looking back on my school days, it was the popular kids who got all the attention. Looking at them today, very few went on to anything productive.

Now, the misfits… The science geeks. The bookworms. The math lovers. The easily distracted. The class clowns…

These guys are different. These guys have gone on to make more of an impact in life than the popular students.


These social misfits know something the average kid didn’t. They knew it didn’t matter if they fit in or fit out.

Episode 003: Finding Your Quarter Life Calling With Paul Sohn

The Answers From Leadership Podcast Episode 3

Welcome to episode 3 of The Answers From Leadership Podcast. Today’s guest is Paul Sohn.

Paul is a leadership consultant, blogger, speaker, and author. He Has spent most of his career building leaders worth following and creating good-to-great organizations. He has worked for both a Fortune 50 company and a Top 100 Great Place to Work Company.

Now, he works for a global leadership consultancy GiANT Worldwide as a leadership transformation consultant. They own and operate the global brands and events, Catalyst and Leadercast. They have offices in London, Atlanta, and Oklahoma City, and now expanding in Asia.

**UPDATE** Paul is now the founder of QARA. QARA exists to equip, inspire, and empower twenty-somethings to discover their True North.

Paul Sohn shares why finding your calling is a must

Show Notes:

Who is Paul Sohn?

Paul is an author, blogger, speaker. Leadership coach. His heart and vision is to raise us the next generation of Godly leaders in the 7 spheres of influence.

5 Things Church Leaders Are Doing Right

In a recent post, I shared 5 things church leaders are focusing too much on. It created quite the conversation.

One point that was brought up was that I failed to highlight what church leaders are doing right.

Church leaders are doing some things right

Believe me, I know there are church leaders doing things right. That’s why I want to take a look at the things church leaders are doing right.

  1. Encourage healthy giving: A lot of churches have encouraged their congregations to give because the church NEEDS their money. Whether it’s for building projects, budgets, or some other need of the church, the focus has been inward.

    There are churches out there who are encouraging another type of giving. This giving focuses on outward needs.

    These church leaders are encouraging healthy giving by sharing what good their tithes and offerings do. This includes donating to local rescue missions, non-profits, and giving to the poor.

How To Not Be Entitled

Entitlement is an insidious disease. Slowly, it creeps in and, before you know it, you feel you deserve the world, and more.

Entitlement tells us that we have a right to something. Whether that’s our leadership position, some kind of possession, or privilege.

We struggle with this because we’ve been conditioned to want more and better. We are bombarded with messages that tell us we’re deserving of more.

The truth is, we’re not.

While we may be good at our jobs.. While we may be a great husband or wife… While we may land the big gigs…

We’re not entitled to anything more than what we’ve agreed upon in those areas.

It also doesn’t entitle us to bigger and better.

How To Stop The Feeling Of Entitlement

Entitlement can creep up on us before we realize it. Even when we feel we’re prepared and watching out for it.