What’s Your Dream?

My wife and I recently attended an event held by the Muskegon Area Rental Association (MARA). Ratan Khatri was speaking at the event. We’d connected on Facebook, and when I saw this opportunity, I asked my wife to go. We had been interested in investing in real estate, and we saw this as the perfect opportunity to dip our feet into the waters.

At the MARA event, we heard from a long-time real estate investor. He’s invested in multiple real estate deals and knew his stuff. His presentation was geared toward the beginner investor, which was the perfect event for us!

But one thing stood out to me. A question Ratan asked:

What’s your dream for your real estate investments? 

What’s Your Dream?

Ratan’s question got me thinking… I need to ask this question in all areas of my life. What’s my dream for:

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Fly Me To The Moon

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

Fly Me To The Moon is an inspiring comedy-drama that will warm your heart, inspire you to do incredible things, and bring you the leadership insights you need to continue growing and becoming a better leader. Directed by Greg Berlanti and with writers Keenan Flynn, Bill Kirstein, and Rose Gilroy, the fictional story of how the United States beat Russia to the moon is hilarious yet insightful. 

Scarlett Johansson stars as Kelly Jones, a marketing genius who is turning the advertising world upside down. When she is recruited by Moe Berkus (Woody Harrelson) to work for the White House and NASA, she meets Cole Davis (Channing Tatum), a moonshot flight director. Both of their worlds collide in a romantic way that goes south. 

Woman in a yellow dress and a man in a blue shirt standing in front of a wooden guardrail

4 Ways To Lead Up

There are very few of us who are at the top of an organization. We all find ourselves in various positions of authority. There are people below us. Then, there are people above us.

There’s a desire to continue our upward advancement. We want to show the leaders above us that we have what it takes to sit alongside them.

We want to be able to lead up.

The question becomes: how do we lead those who are leading us? It’s the struggle we all have throughout our careers.

I want to let you know there’s good news. We can lead up and not just down. We can impact our leaders as we impact those we lead.

What does that take?

Start Small

We’ve all heard about the myth of the bull in a China shop. It’s not true (bulls in a China shop are actually very careful not to damage things -check out the video at the end of this article to see a bull in a China shop-type situation), but it provides a great illustration.

When you think of a bull in a China shop, you think of chaos, damage, mass destruction. A bull has a lot of force behind it.

So do you. As the leader of an organization, you get to point the organization in the right direction.

But what happens when you’re new to an organization? Many leaders become the bull in a China shop that actually destroys the things around us.

We start out with big changes. We know what needs to be done. We rush in to make everything just the way it should be.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Bikeriders

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

The Bikeriders is a film inspired by real-life events detailed in the book of the same name. A group of motorcycle lovers join together to form the Vandals MC. They’re a fictional characterization of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. This club is the oldest outlaw motorcycle club in the world.

Starring Austin Butler as Benny, Jodie Comer as Kathy, Tom Hardy (remember him as Eddie Brock in Venom?) as Johnny, Michael Shannon as Zipco, Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon in Walking Dead) as Funny Sonny, and others, the story weaves in and out through the years as journalist Danny Lyon (Mike Faist) chronicles their adventures. He followed the Bikeriders from 1963-1967.

Austin Butler, a man in a leather jacket with Vandals written on it, sitting on a motorcycle. The sky is blue and bright.

The film pieces together segments of his interviews while also showing interactions between club members and rival clubs. It’s a thrill ride you won’t forget.