Posts tagged service
How Big is the Story You're Telling

Everything we do tells a story. From our career, to our volunteer efforts, to the way we raise our family — it’s all a part of a narrative that is your life. And the story that we tell is largely up to us. Of course, you have circumstances that impact the way people see you, but even in those moments when you’re cast in a negative light, you have an opportunity to respond and that response, as you can imagine, tells a part of your story.

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What did you spend your weekend doing?

What did you spend your weekend doing?

I want to ask this question of you, not to shame, compare or applaud, but only that you might ask it of yourself. I don’t need to know what you did — it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are aware of how you are spending your time.

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3 Steps to Serving to Your Maximum Potential

When Elon Musk was still in college, he decided that there were three industries that are of extreme importance in the survival of mankind: transportation, space and energy. If you know who Elon Musk is, you know that he is the CEO of Tesla Motors (an all-electric car company), CEO of Space X (a private space exploration company) and the Chairman of Solar City (a solar-energy company). He sunk all of his energy, resources and time into the three industries he knew would revolutionize the future and he now runs a billion-dollar company in each. 

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A Case for Getting Rich

I want to ask you a question: all other things equal, who is most empowered to do good for the world?

  1. The person who makes $50,000/year with $100,000 in the bank
  2. The person who makes $300,000/year with $10,000,000 in the bank
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A broken city is your invitation to serve, not leave.

You can shout excuses at me about funding, infrastructure and politics all you want but unless you've put your energy and resources behind a push for change, I'm betting you're just a complainer like the rest. Is there something in your city that you don't like? Maybe that's your invitation to go serve there. It's your city — start shaping it into what you want it to become.

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The truth about finding fulfillment in your work.

Friday, I had lunch with my boss. We talked about the usual stuff - how's work, what are you learning, what can I help you with etc. But somewhere along in the conversation, we trailed off on how the company got started and how it's transformed over the years into what it is today. He said it all started because he wasn't being challenged creatively where he worked before. But now, thirteen years later, the focus of the company has changed. It's not about him anymore. He told me that his passion is in seeing young, whippersnappers like me (maybe not in those exact words) come in to work on Monday morning excited about the creative challenges ahead. To provide opportunity for the team to become a better version of themselves, leveraging our unique strengths, honing our craft and creating something new and beautiful, together.

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Stop being so humble!

Humility is one of those words that, somewhere along the way, has gotten lost in translation. Kind of like the word "love." I love my family. I also love pizza (can I get an amen?). The term has simply been demoted from its position of prominence and depth to one of flippant overuse. Like love, humility fell into the same habit of casual use and has since lost the punch in its meaning. Its proper or technical definition is "a modest or low view of one's own importance." These days, it's something more along the lines of, "ego buffer." You can't do anything awesome these days without having to preface your awesomeness with, "I'm so humbled to have this opportunity to..." Let's be honest, most of the people prefacing their Oscar acceptance speech with, "I'm so humbled" don't have a "modest or low view of their own importance."

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