Finding Purpose in Work

This morning I spoke to about 75 business owners and executives in Utah. They are all part of a networking company that seeks to build business through fostering stronger relationships. The subject they asked me to speak on was employee engagement. That may be an unfamiliar term, but employee engagement is the measure of those people that are willing to go the extra mile for a project or a coworker. It represents those that apply extra effort even when no one is watching because they take pride in their work and their organization. On the level of heart and soul, they feel a sense of purpose in their work. Now, according to that definition, how many of you would define yourself as being engaged in your work? And how many of your people would be defined as engaged? I believe that engagement is the process of aligning purpose with profession.
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Watch This Video

I wanted to post a video that will open your mind to new possibilities. Last week I took a group of people to a private resort for a leadership retreat. The resort is in Boulder City, Nevada and it was built by a friend of mine named Craig. Craig is a wildly successful entrepreneur and as I have gotten to know him the thing I have come to understand is that he places no limitations on what is possible in his life. You will understand when you see what he has built. Pirates Cove is a private residence with 5 houses, over 22000 sq. feet of living space, 5 kitchens, 3 pools, 2 waterslides, a sunken battle ship, raquetball court, full gym, and much more – all with a pirate theme. It is possibly my favorite place on earth. As you watch the video – recognize that limitations are mental
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Passion – Push Through The Pain

I am sure there is a goal that you are passionate about. Something that you are pursuing with all of your heart. What is it? Is it your business? The relationship of your dreams?  Weight loss? Most people think that passion is just enthusiasm for what you are doing, and it is that, but there is more to it. Even though you focus on what what you love, it does not mean it is always going to be without challenge. The word passion originated in the 12th Century, originally used by Christian Scholars who were describing the suffering of Christ. Passion is more than just love; it is willing suffering for something that you love. It is when the feeling in your heart supersedes the challenge that lies in front of you. A family friend recently went through major surgery where he received a kidney transplant because his body had
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Change Your Thinking

For the majority of people in the world, success is viewed as luck, or being at the right place at the right time. They never take into consideration that you also need to be the right person at the right place at the right time. To most, success is usually determined by external circumstances. But true success is only created internally. Author Sterling W Sill once said, “One of the greatest paradoxes of life is that almost everyone wants to improve his circumstances, but almost no one wants to improve himself. And yet our personal preparation is the key to all success.” Unsuccessful people blame external circumstances; successful people internalize responsibility for their success. This represents a new way of thinking; a paradigm shift that is necessary for your progress. Until this shift takes place the unsuccessful continue to get more and more of what they don’t want, and (comically)
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A great easter message!

This is a great story, that made me stop and think and touched my heart. I hope it does the same for you. The Rich Family I’ll never forget Easter 1946. I was fourteen, my little sister, Ocy, was twelve and my older sister, Darlene, was sixteen. We lived at home with our mother, and the four of us knew what it was to do without. My dad had died five years before, leaving Mom with no money and seven school-aged kids to raise. By 1946, my older sisters were married and my brothers had left home. A month before Easter, the pastor of our church announced that a special holiday offering would be taken to help a poor family. He asked everyone to save and give sacrificially. When we got home, we talked about what we could do. We decided to buy fifty pounds of potatoes and live on
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What Were You Born To Be?

Many years ago I heard the story of the son of King Louis XVI of France. King Louis had been taken from his throne and imprisoned. Those who dethroned the king took his young son, the prince. They thought that inasmuch as the king’s son was heir to the throne, if they could destroy him morally, he would never realize the great and grand destiny that life had bestowed upon him. They took him to a community far away, and there they exposed the lad to every filthy and vile thing that life could offer. They exposed him to foods the richness of which would quickly make him a slave to appetite. They used vile language around him constantly. They exposed him to lewd and lusting women. They exposed him to dishonor and distrust. He was surrounded 24 hours a day by everything that could drag the soul of a
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Live in Deep Water

The message below was shared by Mitt Romney – many of you know he has been a extremely successful businessman, a governor, and ran for President last year. I thought this was some great advice. Enjoy! I don’t remember when it was exactly that I finally went past the sandbar. My family had a summer cottage on the shores of one of the Great Lakes. For the first forty or so feet, the lake is shallow, warm, and protected from big waves by the sandbar. That’s where I spent most of the hot summer days as a boy. I liked it there. One day, my brother got me up on water skis. Perhaps fearing that a turn would make me fall, he drove the boat, and me, straight out into the deep. By the way, this lake is over 100 miles wide. I screamed at him the whole terrifying ride.
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How Do You Define Success?

To the world success means money, power, or fame. The dictionary even defines it as the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence. That is the way that I defined it for most of my life. To me, success always had a lot to do with the house I lived in, the car I drove and the clothes I wore. Then a few years ago, I began to understand a new definition of success. On April 4th 2006 my daughter Andie was born. She was our first child and like all first time parents the anticipation, anxiety, and excitement was unbearable. The whole day seemed rushed and hectic as we experienced so much that was unknown. But once Andie was born and we were back in our room, life calmed down, our world got very quiet, and we started to take in our beautiful baby. As I sat and held Andie
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Leadership Starts With Vision

It has been said that “We are limited not by our abilities, but by our vision.” Today I want to write about vision because as it states in Proverbs, “Without vision, the people perish.” Vision is typically thought of as physical but eyes are merely the instruments. Vision, like belief, is internal. It is in our judgment, understanding and imagination. The word “vision” comes from the old Germanic word “vissen” and it means, “I know what I see.” When you have a vision you know what you see and it doesn’t matter whether anyone else sees it or not. The saying goes hindsight is 20/20 but for those who have vision, foresight is 20/20. When I think of vision I think of Bill Gates. Over 30 years ago, Bill dropped out of school to start Microsoft, with a vision of putting a personal computer in every home. At the time,
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Perception Creates Reality

When I was young, I loved magicians; I actually wanted to be one. My favorite magician was Harry Houdini. I read several books about his life and watched everything I could find on him. Houdini was a master magician and was best known as an escape artist. He said that he could escape from any jail cell in the world in less than an hour. A small town in the British Isles built a new jail they were extremely proud of and issued the challenge to Houdini to see if he could escape from one of their cells. Houdini loved the publicity and the money and so he accepted. By the time he arrived, excitement had grown throughout Great Britain. He rode into town and walked into the cell with the confidence and swagger that only Houdini had. When the door was closed he took off his coat and went
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