If I knew then what I know now (part 2)

Last week, I posted a blog on a recent survey I conducted with about 100 people who are in my circles.  I asked them a very simple question. “What is one thing you know now, that you wished you knew when you graduated high school?”  I received a lot of different answers and part 1 of this series I wrote about one of the responses I received.  Click on this link to read part 1 of the series.    http://wp.me/p4eY1f-gI

In part 2 I want dive deeper into one of the responses I received.

#1 response was financial:

About 50% of the respondents said that they wish they knew or understood finances better then.  I would agree with this response.  Because I didn’t know either.  However, my follow-up to that response would be do you really understand them now?  Or do you think you understand them.

There are many factors to your finances and I must say that I am not an expert on finances whatsoever, but I listen and study people who are.  I don’t take advice from broke people, or people who appear to have money because they have lots of things.  Nope! I listen to the experts and I listen to a lot of them that have varying beliefs on money and finances and then I do what I think is best. My mentor said if you want to have money, study people who have money.  So that is what I do.

For the recent grads that may be reading this or anyone else.  When it comes to money, there are really only two pieces.  Debt and Income.  After three years of listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio show, I have listened to 100’s of callers call in and discuss their money. (Everyday for three years I have listened)  In every situation, it comes down to one of these two things.  The callers either have a debt problem or an income problem.  Which by the way, both are controlled by you.  In my study in my own personal experiences this is true as well.

Debt: The bottom line is if you look to your right and you look to your left, most likely the people who you are looking at (if you around some people, if you aren’t, go get around some people) but two out of the three of you are in debt to your eye balls.  Two of you are paying payments on cars that you can’t afford to drive, you have student loans that have been around so long that your mindset is that you will just always have them, and lastly you are not planning well for the future.  That is two out of three of you.  Hey, I can say that, because I used to be one of the two.

Income: Not to sound like a hypocrite to what I said in the above paragraph regarding student loan debt.  But to increase your income you must increase your knowledge, skills, and education.  This may require you to go to school.  My mentor Dave Ramsey would say you should never go into debt for your education, if you have to go into debt for your education, you can’t afford it.  I get this and I understand it.  However, I am suggesting you be wise in your investment into your education.  Don’t drop $100,000 thousand dollars on a fine arts degree where you can become a barista at Starbucks.  The proverbial starving artist with a lot of student loan debt.

As I said the purpose of eduction is to get increase your skills so you can make more money, just be careful on what and how much you invest into your education and make sure there is return on the investment quickly. And do anything you possibly can to not have to go into debt.  Work as many jobs as you have to, save as much as you have to, and look for free money as much as you can.

A motto that I have always lived by is very simple.  Keep my revenue high (income) and my expenses low (debt).  A very simple strategy.

The bottom line is money and finances isn’t everything, however, it certainly does help.  The more money you have the more you can do for yourself and others.  This is just the reality of life.

As I stated 50% of the respondents said they wished they understood finances better.  Well, since you know that now, start today and get your finances where you want them to be.  Keep your debts low and invest in yourself so you can increase your income.

To your success and your future.

 

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Fundamentally we are all smart

You already have all of the knowledge, well most of the knowledge necessary to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve.  We all learned the basics before we left high school.  Are there some things we still must learn, absolutely.  But, what I am talking about are the basic things, the fundamentals.

If you want to lose weight.  Find an accountability partner.  Eat less. Eat healthier foods. Exercise more.

If you want to have more money. Spend less than you make. Invest into things that go up in value. Save.  Don’t go into debt. Increase your income.

If you want to be promoted. Work harder than everyone else. Have a great attitude. Never complain to your peers.  Increase your skills and volunteer for anything and everything.

If you want to be influential. Show others that you care about them.  Become an interesting person by striving to be more than you are today.  Listen more than you talk.

If you want to be successful. Define what success looks like for you. Pursue it by taking action every minute of the day.

 

My mentor told me that if someone comes a long and says, “Hey check this out, we have some new fundamentals that can help you.” You better run.  There are no new fundamentals.  They are called fundamentals, they aren’t new.  They are old.  We all know them, but we just fail to apply them.

What are some of the fundamentals that you already know but you are failing to apply?

To your success and your future.

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Marshmallows and delayed gratification

When psychologists study and isolate the personal qualities that predict positive outcomes in life, they constantly find two traits: intelligence and self-control.  Intelligence is a hard one to define and to study.  However, self-control is a concept that has been studied extensively and we as humans have the ability to improve our self-control.  Many studies and experiments have been conducted around self-control.  The most recognized research on delayed gratification and self-control was the famous “Marshmallow Test”.  This experiment was conducted on four-year olds and went like this:

A four-year old would be brought into a room one at a time.  The researchers would show the child a marshmallow, and offer them a deal before leaving them alone in the room.  The children could eat the marshmallow whenever they wanted to, but if they held off until the experimenter returned, they would get a second marshmallow to eat along with it.  Some children gobbled the marshmallow right away; others tried resisting but couldn’t hold out; some managed to wait out the fifteen minutes for the bigger reward.  The ones who succeeded tended to do so by distracting themselves.

Years later they tracked down hundreds of the participants of this study and learned some interesting data.  The researchers found that the participants of the study that failed to wait to eat the marshmallow seemed to get in more trouble both in and out of school.  They found that the ones who showed the willpower and self-control to delay gratification  at four years of age went on to get better grades and test scores later in life. The also had higher salaries in their jobs, got a long better with peers and managers and they had a lower body mass index.

These results from the experiment was the first of its kind to show how childhood tendencies could predict how a person could turn out as an adult.

Most problems in life center around self-control.  Compulsive spending and borrowing, impulsive violence, under achievement in school, procrastination at work, alcohol and drug abuse, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, chronic anxiety, explosive anger, all of these destructive activities are centered around a person having the ability to control themselves. As willpower is depleted we lose our self-control.  Willpower is like a muscle and can become fatigued and strengthened through exercise.  To build up the muscle of willpower we must learn to have self-control over everything in our life.

How do we manage our self-control?  

The first step in self-control is to be sure you have a clear goal in mind.  To manage self-control researchers use a term called self-regulation.  Which is to regulate to certain standards that you set for yourself.  You must know what your standards and goals are to accomplish change and have the willpower to make changes in your life you wish to make.

Exercising self-control and delayed gratification in one area of life leads to improvement in other areas of your life.  Do you want the really nice fancy dinner tonight?  Or do you want to save the money so you can pay off your student loans or your car.  Do you want the purse or shoes today?  Or do you want to save the money so you can invest in your retirement?  Do you like the taste of the dessert so much that your willing to allow it to keep you from hitting your desired weight and size?

What is an area of your life where you are lacking self-control?  What are some goals and standards you can set for yourself to regulate and achieve these goals that you have been putting off?

To your success and your future.

Notes from the book:  Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength; WILLPOWER; authors: Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney.

 

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If I knew then what I know now (part 1)

I recently polled about 100 people and asked them a simple and basic question.  The question was “What is one thing you know now, that you wished you knew when you graduated high school?”   The answers I received were across the board, but many of the answers revolved around a common subject.  I will be writing on this subject and others more in the coming days and weeks.  However, one of the answers I received is one that is on my mind a lot lately as well.  Due to some recent tragedies in my own life this particular response really hit home with me as well.

Many of us go through life doing what we think we should do.  That is going to school, working hard, saving some money, raising a family, invest what we can, contribute to a 401k, and retire one day.  If the previous sentence didn’t bore you to death and make you want to cry, then maybe you should stop reading now, because you wont like the remaining part of this post.

So the response to the question I asked was this: I wish I would have known that hard-working aggressive people can do anything they want.  Including pursuing careers, which includes making money, because if you are not making money, it is really just a hobby.  But that is the point.  How do I do what I am extremely passionate about and monetize it now?  The answer or response to that statement is this.  It isn’t too late to do and become anything you want to be.

It is harder to pursue certain things the more complicated our lives get, that is a fact.  If you have a mortgage, debt, children, etc. you can’t just quit what you are doing now, and go and work at the local YMCA and make minimum wage.  However, you can start to work on things outside the normal day-to-day job activities to start pursuing opportunities and creating opportunities in the areas you want to work in. Is this hard to do?  Absolutely it is.  But anything different should and will be.

If it wasn’t difficult we would have already been doing it and accomplished whatever it is we want to accomplish.  The goal should be to start now.  Why do you want to put off your future to the future when there is no guarantee of a future?  Sounds morbid I guess, but it is true.  We don’t have any guarantees.  Sure, should we be wise and prepare for our future? Yes, especially our health and our finances.  But we shouldn’t delay our pursuit of our passions to the future when we have all the time we know we have right now.

What are you going to do today to get you closer to that dream job or dream life?

To your success and your future.

 

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Don’t be at a disadvantage

For this we must make automatic and habitual, as early as possible, as many useful actions as we can, and carefully guard against growing into ways that are likely to be disadvantageous. 

In the acquisition of a new habit, or the leaving off of an old one, we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided initiative as possible. “Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life.” 

Seize the very first possible opportunity to act on every resolution you make, and on every emotional prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits you aspire to gain” –Professor William James; Power of Will by Frank Channing Haddock.  

I believe Mr. James at the beginning is stating that we must put in safeguards in our life to limit us from putting ourselves at a disadvantage.

What is a disadvantage?  It could be a number of things.  I typically discuss career aspirations, success, health, wellness, money, relationships, to name a few.  So what kind of safeguards can you put into your life to prevent yourself from being at a disadvantage in one of these areas?

“Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life.”  I think the author hit the nail on the head with this one.  Many of us start down a new path with a new routine and we think that after doing it a few times we can give our self some grace.  Don’t do this.  You must work hard daily and again put in processes and routines in our lives that force us to make our new initiatives habits.

Lastly, the author says seize every opportunity to pursue the new habit.  The key here is to take action and not wait.  Some people say at the beginning of the year, or next week, or after this holiday I will.  Why not start now?  Take every opportunity to form the new habit.

So to ensure you are not at a disadvantage you must do these three things: 1) Safeguard yourself from things that could put you at a disadvantage. 2) Never make exceptions until the new habit is securely rooted in your life. 3) Seize every opportunity and take action.

To your success and your future.

 

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5 must do’s to hit goals and eliminate excuses

Are you just trying to get through your day or are you trying to get something from the day?  That is the question.  I know many people who are intentional about their life, but intentional meaning they are intentionally getting through all of the tasks they must do each day, instead of pursuing the things they want out of life.

When it comes to goals they require a new discipline a new habit.  Which unless you are just amazing these are very hard to do.  Discipline and habits are formed over time.  They just don’t happen over night.  A lot of research says that a new habit takes 21 days to form. In Charles Duhiggs book “The Power of Habit”, he says this: How long does it take to change a habit pattern? From Maxwell Maltz and his book “Psycho-Cybernetics” (1960), habit change could take from 21 to 28 days of repeating behaviors that could change an attitude or deeply held belief. Lally’s more recent research, however, would suggest as low as 18 and as high as 254 days, with a median of 66 days are required to crystallize a new habit in our body, hearts and minds. Still others suggest that through hypnosis, application of willpower, or cultivation of a strong heart’s desire, the habit change can happen much more quickly.

So what do we do to form a habit to hit our goals?

Define your purpose or why:  Sure we all talk about this purpose thing and the why you want to hit your goal, but it is deeper than surface level stuff.  I don’t want to be overweight, or I don’t want to be broke are pretty surface level things.  You have to go deeper than that.  Why don’t you want to be overweight?  What would it mean if you were the right weight.  If I have more money what would I do with it.  Why is more money important and what will I do with it when I have it?  These are the questions you need to answer.

Discipline: Lets be honest with ourselves here, I will as well.  I live a pretty disciplined life in almost every area of my life.  However, there are times and situations where my discipline is lacking.  I am not sure what causes this, other than it just happens.  The last three weeks of my life I have lacked in a few disciplines that I have established over the last five years, but even though the discipline wasn’t there, it was still in my mind. The disciplines and positive habits that I had formed were hard for me to break.  When your positive habits become hard to break, you have disciplined yourself in to a good spot.

Accountability: We all need it, but most of us don’t want it.  Why don’t we want it?  Because we know that accountability is just holding ourselves to account to what we said we were going to do.  And when we don’t do what we said we were going to do, we are embarrassed and we don’t want to be reminded that we didn’t do what we said we were going to do.  We all need accountability from ourselves as well as from others.  It is the only way we can achieve the goals we want to achieve.

Consistency: When we do something over and over, and over, and over, it means we are forming the a habit and creating a discipline because we are being consistent in our pursuits.  How long does it take to be considered consistent?  That’s a good question.  I looked up the word and did some research to see if there is a particular amount of time we must devote to a pursuit to be considered consistent in that pursuit?  I couldn’t find anything.  However, I guess one way to determine that is whether or not you made your goal?  And the other answer would be:

Results: If you have applied the above four areas to your goals, the chances of you achieving your goals is greatly increased.  And at the end of the day the only thing that matters is the results.  Did you lose the weight.  Did you save the amount of money.  Did you pay off your debts. Did you find a career you are more passionate about.  Some people say it isn’t all about results.  Yes it is.  The results are what matter.

Are you applying the five areas to your goals?  If not, start with the first area and define the why.  My mentor said this:  When the Why gets stronger the How gets easier.   Once this is defined the four other areas are the how, and they will get easier.

To your success and your future.

 

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Striving for Perfection

The last three weeks have been kind of crazy for me.  I have had life changing things occur which have caused some changes in my normal routine and even my health.  I guess that happens when life changing things occur.

The last week or so, I have been trying to write (type) out a blog that makes sense.  As of this morning I was looking at my drafts and I have seven drafts of different blogs I have attempted to write, but just can’t seem to finish for some reason.  Maybe it is my lack of focus or clarity on what I am attempting to write or maybe I am not passionate about what I am attempting to write, I don’t know.

So in my attempt to write out something that is perfect and makes sense I have yet to accomplish anything for anyone to see or read.  If you read one of those seven drafts I have written, you would probably laugh or in some cases cry, because of the harshness and lack of clarity they have.

As I was looking at those drafts in my attempts to be perfect, I instead accomplished nothing. Which lead me to this blog post which is probably lacking clarity and focus as well, but it has a message.  Do something, ship something, publish something, say something.  If you wait for things to be perfect you will never accomplish anything.  The time is never right and nothing is ever perfect at least not on the first draft.

Seth Godin, talks about life being one big draft.  If you look at life this way, it means you will always be editing it, because that is what a draft is.  It is just a mock-up.  But as you continue to edit the draft, make changes, become wiser, the draft gets better.

Don’t try to be perfect today, instead just do something.

To your success and your future.

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Managing your desires

One of the most prolific studies ever conducted on managing desires was done in Germany. The study included over 200 men and women wearing beepers. These Germans wore beepers that went off at random intervals seven times a day, prompting them to report whether they were currently experiencing some sort of desire or had recently felt such a desire. The painstaking study, led by Wilhelm Hofmann, collected more than ten thousand momentary reports from morning until midnight.

Desire turned out to be the norm, not the exception. About half the time , people were feeling some desire at the moment their beepers went off, and another quarter said a desire had just been felt in the past few minutes. Many of these desires were ones they were trying to resist. The researchers concluded that people spend at least a fifth of their waking hours resisting desires, between three and four hours per day.

The most commonly resisted desire in the beeper study was the urge to eat, followed by the urge to sleep, and then by the urge of leisure, like taking a break from work to do a puzzle or game instead of writing a memo. Sexual urges were next on the list of most resisted desires. The people studied were relatively good at avoiding naps, sex, and the urge to spend money, but only mediocre at passing up food and soft drinks. When they tried resisting the lure of television, the Web, and other media sirens, they failed nearly half the time.

All day long you will be tempted by your desires.  Will you have the self-control to manage them or will you succumb to them?  This is what challenges us all each and every day. The most important and hardest person to lead is yourself. Be sure you have controls and systems in place to help yourself.

To your success and your future.

*Italics are words from the book Willpower, Rediscovering the greatest human strength; authors: Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney.

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Don’t continue to be a fool

It is time to count.  Yep.  It is black and white.  It is not gray, it is not up for debate, it is not  up to interpretation.

You have either made progress towards your goals or you haven’t.  Do you remember back in December, btw: it was only 12 weeks or so ago.  You made a decision to make changes in your life.  It could have been in a variety of different areas you wanted to make changes. The ones that are most common can be found in a previous blog post here: http://wp.me/p4eY1f-cX

How are you tracking towards your 2015 goals and dreams?  How much progress have you made?  The good thing is that quarter 1 of 2015 is in the books and you are still here and you have three more quarters to win the game in 2015.  So you can start today!

A fool is described as a person who acts unwisely or silly.  So a person who is wise would be a person that is aware of what they are doing and is alert.  If you haven’t made any progress towards your goals you set, be wise and decide today what changes you should have made but just haven’t for whatever reason.

When the Why gets stronger the How gets easier.  Is your why strong enough?  If you haven’t made any progress towards your goals your why must not be strong enough.

My advice for you is to go back to your goals?  Oh, if you didn’t write them down, then shame on you.  You have to write them down.  If you have them written down already or you are now taking my advice and writing them down.  Next to each one of them write down why this goal is important.  Ex:  I want to lose 10 pounds.  Losing 10 pounds because your clothes don’t fit, is probably not a strong enough WHY.  You can just buy new clothes. And guess what, most people will.  They would rather do that than put in the hard work and discipline required to lose 10 pounds.  Your Why should be centered around what it will mean for you personally when you lose 10 pounds.  Maybe it is your blood pressure will be lower, which means you are healthier and you can play with your children. Or by losing 10 pounds, you will be more confident in your appearance that it will give you the confidence to change jobs and pursue that big opportunity you have been thinking about.

The first day of April is April fools day.  My hope is you will look at today as the opportunity to be wise instead of being foolish.  Being foolish means doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, or maybe that is insanity.  Either way you have a choice to make today.  You have three more quarters in 2015 to accomplish your goals and your dreams.  Take inventory today and create a game place to ensure you accomplish those goals.

To your success and your future.

 

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Next Generation Leader summary and notes

Next Generation Leader (Five Essentials for Those Who Will Shape Our Future); author Andy Stanley.

Andy is by far one of my favorite pastors and speakers. He is the founder of North Point Ministries and each Sunday more than 33,000 people attend worship services at North Points five locations in Atlanta, GA.

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http://www.amazon.com/Next-Generation-Leader-Essentials-Future/dp/1590525396/

Andy wrote this book to provide  a playbook for the up and coming next generation of leaders.  The layout of this book is in an easy to read format and laid out extremely well in five areas.  I will once again provide you with a quasi book summary and review.  My book summaries include my highlighted notes as well as a semi outline of the content in the book.

Andy began this book with these questions:

  • What are the leadership principles I wish someone had shared with me when I was a young leader?
  • What do I know now that I wish I had known then?
  • Of all that could be said about leadership, what must be conveyed to next generation leaders?

Here are the five areas that Andy outlined based on these questions.

1. Competence:

Leaders must channel their energy toward those arenas of leadership in which they are most likely to excel.

Two best kept secrets of leadership are:

  • The less you do the more you can accomplish.
  • The less you do, the more you enable others to accomplish.
  • The secret of concentration is elimination.
  • The moment a leader steps away from his core competencies, his effectiveness as a leader diminishes.
  • Leaders attract other leaders whose skills come close to matching but rarely surpass their own.
  • When we exert our authority in an area where we lack competence, we can derail projects and demotivate those who have the skills we lack.
  • The inability for a leader to own up to personal shortcomings is often rooted in some sort of insecurity.
  • And the truth is admitting a weakness is a sign of strength.
  • Leadership is about getting things done through other people.
  • If a there is no one to whom we can delegate, it is the leaders fault.
  • John Maxwell says this: You are most valuable as leader where you add the most value.
  • Leaders must narrow down their job to the one or two things that only they can do.
  • Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.
  • Being busy isn’t being productive.
  • Andy paired his must do’s to three things:  Corporate vision casting, Corporate communication, and Leadership development.
  • It is better to launch people than it is to lose people.  Embrace people strengths on your team and help them develop those skills and maybe you will launch them in a new career.

2. Courage:

The leader of an enterprise isn’t always the smarts or most creative person on the team. He isn’t necessarily the first to identify a oppurtinty. The leader is the one who has the courage to initiate, to set things in motion, to move ahead.

  • Wherever there is fear there is opportunity, where there is great fear there is great opportunity.
  • The leader fears missing an opportunity.
  • Eventually a leaders lust for progress overwhelms his reluctance to take risks. 
  • Fear, not a lock of good ideas, is usually what keeps a man or woman standing on the sidelines.
  • A leaders regrets generally revolve around missed opportunities.
  • An unwillingness to accept risk has swamped more leaders.
  • Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage assumes fear.
  • If you don’t conquer your fear, you are going to miss out on some great things in life.
  • Leaders are not always the first to see an opportunity. They are simply the first to seize an opportunity.
  • A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everybody is whispering privately.
  • Accepting the status quo is the equivalent to accepting a death sentence.
  • It is easier to accept things as they are than it is to change them.  Some people accept the status quo and live with it.
  • Progress requires change.
  • As a leader if we can’t move things forward then its time to move on.
  • Careful is cerebral; fearful is emotional
  • Careful is fueled by information, fearful is fueled by imagination
  • Careful calculates risk; fearful avoids risk
  • Careful wants to achieve success; fearful wants to avoid failure 
  • Careful is concerned about progress; fearful is concerned about protection. 
  • The courage to dream always precedes the capital needed to finance the dream.
  • The only way to figure out how something can get done is to refuse to take your eye off what needs to be done.

Seven Commandments of Reality: 

  1. Thou shalt not pretend
  2. Thou shalt not turn a blind eye.
  3. Thou shalt not exaggerate.
  4. Thou shalt not shoot the bearer of bad news.
  5. Thou shalt not hide behind the numbers
  6. Thou shalt not ignore constructive criticism.
  7. Thou shalt not isolate thyself.

3. Clarity:

Uncertain times require clear directives from this in leadership. Yet the temptation for young leaders is to allow uncertainty to leave you paralyzed. A next generation leader must learn to be clear even when he is not certain.

  • Uncertainty is not an indication of poor leadership; it underscores the need for leadership.
  • Uncertainty creates the necessary condition for leadership.
  • You can’t hold people accountable for things that aren’t clear. If you’re unwilling to make decisions with limited information, you can’t achieve clarity.
  • As leaders we can afford to be uncertain, but we cannot afford to be unclear.
  • You can survive being wrong, but you can’t survive being unclear.
  • I will not follow a leader who pretends to know and does nothing to quell their ignorance.
  • The goal is to win, not run special plays.

4. Coaching: You may be good. You may even be better than everyone else. But without a coach you will never be as good as you could be.

Coaching truths:

  1. I can go farther and faster with someone coaching me than I can on my own. 
  2. An effective coach does not need to possess more skills than the person he is coaching.
  • A coach helps us assess the present so that we operate more effectively in the future.
  • Coaching does not center on problem solving, instead it focuses on performance enhancement.
  • A coach is going to be proactive in their instruction and evaluation. A coach is often on the scene watching rather than in an office waiting for a report.
  • If you are not teachable your are not coachable.

Solomon’s thoughts on seeking counsel: 

  1. Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. (Proverbs 1:5, NIV)
  2. The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listen to advice. (proverbs 12:15, NIV)
  3. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. (proverbs 15:22, NIV)
  4. Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. (proverbs 19:20, NIV)
  • An effective leadership coach does these three things:
  • 1. Observes.  2. Instructs.  3.  Inspires. 
  • Evaluated experience is what enables you to improve your performance.
  • Learn everything you can from everybody you can.
  • As a leader you are not responsible for knowing everything there is to know about leadership. But you are responsible for sharing what you do know with the leaders around you.

5. Character: You can lead without character, but you wont be a leader worth following. Character provides next germination leaders with the moral authority necessary to bring together the people and resources to further an enterprise.

  • Character is to do what is right even when its hard.
  • Character is will because it requires a willingness to make tough decisions, decisions that sometimes run contrary to emotion, intuition, economics, current trends, and in the eyes of some, common sense.
  • Taking the time to develop maturity requires initiative and discipline.
  • The become a leader worth following you must be intentional about developing the inner man.

Andy’s personal definition of success narrowed down to nine words. What are yours?

  1. available
  2. accountable
  3. dependable
  4. generous
  5. honest
  6. loyal
  7. pure
  8. sensitive
  9. transparent

These nine words form a perimeter around him.

  • Talent and determination determine your potential, character determines your legacy.

My advice to you whether you are a leader now, want to be a leader, a parent, or anyone else, you should read the book.  Yes.  Everyone should read this book.  Sure it is titled as a leadership book, but we are all leaders in our own life, so why not learn some new things so we can be more effective in leading ourself, which at times, is the hardest part of leadership.

To your success and your future.

 

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