What Do You Have To Offer?

Do you know what you have to offer? Have you even considered the possibility YOU have something to offer?

We all have something to offer. Not all of us are offering what we have.

The Gateway Church in Spring Lake, Mi picks an organization to support every year. Last year, we focused heavily on Team World Vision and bringing clean water to those in need.

This year, our focus has shifted. We’ve begun to lean in heavily and focus our efforts on garnering support for Project Rescue. Project Rescue is a great organization with a great mission.

They exist to rescue and restore victims of sexual slavery through the love and power of God.

That’s pretty awesome if you ask me.

25 Simple Pleasures For Leaders

As I started a recent Friday, I began to think about the simple pleasures in life. These are the things that are so easy to overlook that we take them for granted.

My typical Friday has looked something like this:

  • An early morning chat with a band of brothers
  • A quick trip to Aldea, a local coffee shop, with my dog
  • A drive down to the beaches of Lake Michigan
  • A quick read-through of a few comic books
  • A nap on the couch
  • A movie
A latte and coffee with cookies on a table by a tree. Simple pleasures in life!

Photo by Lala Azizli on Unsplash

There’s more to my Friday’s but I was reminded of the importance of these little pleasures in life. They bring me great joy and contentment.

As leaders, we need these simple pleasures in our lives. We cannot live a life devoid of simple pleasures.

Are Your Asks Too Small?

A local business owner reached out to me during my Indiegogo campaign for the Reel Leadership book pre-sale (pre-sale ends August 30th at 3 AM EST). He wanted to know what he could do to help the campaign be successful.

I rattled off a couple of things he could do that were on the top of my head. He could:

  • Share the Indiegogo campaign with people he knows
  • Like the posts that I was sharing about the book
  • Pray for success

These were small asks. Something simple I felt anyone could do. They were also small. TOO small.

After I shared with him my ideas, he said “Is that all?” And I was like “I think so…”

This businessman then replied that he had an idea he was willing to do. He asked me:

You Are Not A Failure

I’ve been pondering the topic of failure lately. There’s an idea out there that when something you do fails, you are a failure.

YOU are not a failure. You are something special. When something you do fails, it does not change who you are.

Let’s talk about failure. I know a lot about failure.

When Pamela and I first married, we bought a house. I lost my job a month or two after we purchased our first home. It’s the home we still live in but we had the full mortgage to take care of while Pamela worked long hours and I tried to find work.

I felt like a failure as a husband.

This didn’t make me a failure. I only felt that way.

Are We Ignoring The Big Things?

I’ve written regularly about the power of the little things to move us forward in our careers and lives. These are the small, daily actions we take. They seem so insignificant that if we miss them, we get off track?

Once we realize this, our focus can shift from our big picture to the minute details. And that’s great. We need to make sure we’re focusing on the small things before they get out of hand.

A large rock in the swells of a wave

Photo by Simon Shim on Unsplash

But…

We can’t ignore the big things in our lives either.

Are We Ignoring The Big Things?

I will be the first to throw up my hand and say that I’ve missed the mark. In looking at the small things in life, I’ve missed many big things too.

The big things can be:

  • A looming project
  • Monetizing my business