Looking for Dirt or Mining for Gold

 “Men are developed the same way gold is mined. Several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold. But you don’t go into the mine looking for dirt. You go in looking for gold.” - Dale Carnegie 

There was a time (some of you will recall) when images were captured on this medium called “film”. Special events were captured on little rolls of plastic. And then we would take those little rolls of plastic to the neighborhood drug store to be “developed”. A few days later, we would finally be able to see those images and enjoy re-living those special events all over again. Over time, these images become our most treasured possessions. 

Today, we’re a more...

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The American Dream

I lived the true American dream because I was able to pursue what I set as my goals at a very young age. -Mario Andretti

This past weekend, we celebrated one of my favorite holidays – Independence Day. It’s the day we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, made possible for us by those leaders who went before us. It’s the day we celebrate the idea of the American dream.

What exactly is the “American dream”? It’s the idea that anyone can come to this country, work hard, make a difference in the world, and leave a legacy for those who follow.

You don’t hear the names of other countries associated with the word “dream” like you do with America.

Why is that? I believe it is because...

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Eighty Twenty Leadership

Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” -Peter Drucker

The 80/20 rule sounds like a mathematical formula and in some ways, it is but don’t fret, this isn’t a lesson on statistics.  The rule came from an Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto, who stated that 80% of the Italian income was earned by 20% of the Italian population.

What this means is that 80% of your outcomes come from 20% of your inputs.  To put this another way, 20% of your activities equate to 80% of your productivity, your happiness, or any other area you are seeking to improve as a leader.  Instead of focusing on your individual productivity or happiness, we will focus on the overall engagement or...

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Goal Setting Made Simple

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.” —Mark Victor Hansen 

This is not the time of year when I purposely set goals for the year. This year has not really been one to be able to really focus on our goals with all the curve balls we have been thrown. This is all the more reason to reevaluate the goals you set at the beginning of the year. It is time to finish strong this year and time to get ready to go.

I encourage you to join me in setting YOUR goals now as well. Now…before the kids start school. Now…while you still have time to accomplish big things for this year.

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Remember the Team


“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” ~
Theodore Roosevelt


Leaders can see farther than others see, dream higher than others dream, and climb faster than others climb. However, if we reach the top only to turn around and find ourselves alone with no one at our side, we are not a leader.

We simply took a walk alone.

John Maxwell taught me, "The bottom line in leadership isn't how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others."

This can be the struggle of leadership sometimes. We want to go far, and we want to go fast. We are focused on the future, but we never bring our eyes back to the present. We often never create a flow of communication around the WHY of getting to this new and future goal.

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Do You Need to Do A Mental Declutter?

 

“Clutter is stuck energy. The word ‘clutter’ derives from the Middle English word ‘clotter,’ which means to coagulate -and that's about as stuck as you can get."

Karen Kingston 

About this time of year, an annual tradition begins. The signs sprout up everywhere…yard sales. Yard sales are where you can go and buy your neighbor’s junk for pennies on the dollar and then sell it at your yard sale next year. 

The need for yard sales springs from the sudden realization that we just have too much stuff. Clearing it out is our way of re-establishing boundaries – of setting apart a garage, for instance, for the purpose of actually parking a vehicle in it!

There was a book...

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Legacy Is What Outlives You

Where do you want your passion to take you in life?

Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people. —Peter Strople

I have often said, “Leadership is not only what happens while you are here; it is also what happens after you are gone.”

When I reflect on this thought, I am reminded of my grandmother. She was a great leader in our family, and when she left in 1998, there was a great void in my life. She is the one person who still inspires me to be a better man, husband, father, and leader. I talk about her frequently to my kids and only wish they would have met her.

I am sure you have someone in your life, too, who reminds you to be better. You are thinking of them right now. The...

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Take Your Thinking Off Cruise Control

  

“Five percent of the people think;

ten percent of the people think they think;

and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” ― Thomas A. Edison

 Over the last weeks and now months our lives have been changed and disrupted in ways most of us could never have imagined. I for one, never expected the world to shut down as it has for so long. Even after 9/11 within a week much of the world was back to normal. And I believe we will return to our normal again soon. 

However, I hope that you're starting to think a little bit differently, do some things a little bit differently in your life. I'm all about helping people do things differently. And I know how hard that can be. I grew up in a...

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7 Factors to Consider When Facing Adversity

Today, I want to talk to you about seven factors to consider when you face adversity. If you're a leader, you’re either going to face adversity or you're facing adversity right now. It's just the nature of leadership. Every day we're going to face something that's going to challenge us. Or maybe you’re rocking right along with momentum is on your side and you're not facing anything. But here's what I know, momentum shifts. You can watch it in any sporting event where everything just seems to go our way, our team's way or everything seems to go against us goes against our team. When the momentum is negative, we can't catch the ball fumbling. We can't get first down, or we can't get a hit.

Whatever it is momentum can shift. So,...

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Content versus Complacent Leadership

There's a lot going on in the world with all the talk of coronavirus, the presidential election coming up this year, and many other things; there is just tons of noise. 

I want to inspire you as a leader just to be sure you stay on point. Focus on your mission and your purpose. If you don't know what your mission and your purpose is, let me help you. I'm so focused on my mission and purpose- To ignite leadership transformations in the lives of others, to inspire, and influence others to live on purpose with excellence and taking action in the right direction in their life. 

I look at things on social media, I listen to some of the things that are going on in the news, but I try not to let that distract me from my mission.

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