Digesting What You Consume

Leaders are readers… Or learners. They look for ways to learn new leadership techniques, improve upon tried and true methods, and continue to move forward.

We’re bombarded with new leadership content. From new blog posts (sorry guys!) to new movies to new leadership books.

It’s a wide world of fast food content out there.

What Got Me Thinking

Pamela and I recently celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. We took a trip to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan for the Marvel Comics Exhibit. It was a blast.

We also took a side-trip to Frankenmuth. There, I forged a knife. Pamela forged a dagger. That was really cool.

Lastly, we began our trip home and went through Ann Arbor.

What Are You Looking At?

I realized one day that as I was driving my car, it would drift to the left or the right. I couldn’t figure out the reason for this drifting. It didn’t seem right.

The car didn’t seem to pull one way or the other. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

Then, it hit me! I realized what was happening.

My car wasn’t drifting one way or the other because of a mechanical failure. The car was drifting because of what I was looking at.

My eyes would dart to one of those new-fangled changing billboards. My eyes would stay fixed to the right where the billboard was. Then the car would drift.

Or, I was driving down the city street and I would begin to look at the pile of garbage sitting outside of a house. My eyes would become fixated and my car would drift to the left toward the garbage.

What Are You Letting Become Normal?

I was in a car accident that totaled my wife’s Kia Soul. Top it off… the accident happened on her birthday.

For over a year, I let something become normal that shouldn’t have been.

The accident had damaged the passenger’s side headlamp assembly and broken the turn signal. No big deal. There’s plenty of other ways to signal, right?

Headlamp of a car

Photo by Alex Gomon

There are… Yet I chose to continue to turn on the right turn blinker. Every time I would do this, a distinct sound would begin.

A rapid tick, tick, tick.

You know the sound if you’ve had a broken or burnt out turn signal. It’s the rapid ticking that alerts you to an issue with your turn signal.

I decided it wasn’t a big deal and let it go until recently. I decided enough was enough. It was time to replace the Kia Soul headlamp assembly and fix the thing.

It’s The Little Things That Matter

I have a strange confession to make. It’s about something I do on a regular basis and I don’t know if anyone else does this.

My strange confession is that I tend to carry toilet paper (my go-to is the Charmin Ultra Soft) with me whenever I go someplace (Anyone else do this?!?). I do this because the toilet paper placed in the restrooms at restaurants, retail stores, and other places typically is low quality.

They use 1-ply or toilet paper that feels like sandpaper. I can’t stand it. Thus, I bring my own.

Hand holding toilet paper. More roles in the background

Photo by Erik McLean

But I’ve discovered a problem. I don’t always remove the unused toilet paper from my pockets before they go into the wash. This causes a huge issue.

The toilet paper disintegrates in the wash. It then seeps out of the pocket and gets stuck on everything in the washing machine.

Small Steps Lead To Success

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I made a promise to myself to add weight training to my exercise routine. I already had a steady schedule of cardiovascular exercises with my running. My strength game suffered.

I had been pouring all of my time and energy for exercise into running. I knew I needed to add something else.

Person standing by a weight plate

Photo by Victor Freitas

There was that old weight bench in the basement that I’d purchased 20ish years ago. The weight bench sat dormant for many of those years. Well, except for us using it to hold the clothes we planned on donating to Goodwill.

The pandemic gave me the time to pull out the weight bench, clean it up, and bring it to our garage. The garage has now become the weight room. It has worked out well.