Reflections & Projections

Many of you know I celebrated my birthday last Saturday. I turned 30. Turning 30 really caused me to reflect on the last decade and what I have been able to accomplish and contribute and to set new goals for the decade ahead. So this post is a bit personal, but my purpose is two fold: 1. I want to thank you for being part of my life in the last 10 years. 2. I want to share my goals with you so that you will hold me accountable. I want to start by saying that I feel like 30 is just the beginning. I am excited about the next ten years and the people I am going to be able to learn from, grow with and help with my message. The last ten years have been amazing. I want to thank you for whatever part in that you played.
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Interview With Millionaire Entrepreneur

I am excited to introduce to you the first of many interviews that I will be conducting and giving to you absolutely free. This series, Leadership Inc Interviews will be monthly interviews with some of the top thought leaders, authors, speakers, & entrepreneurs that have impacted me personally. Today’s interview is with Todd Smith and I can’t wait for you to learn from Todd! Todd is a multi-millionaire entrepreneur who has excelled in several industries. Todd is the founder of Little Things Matter and the author of the book by the same title – Little Things Matter. The thing I love about Todd’s insights is that they are all practical and applicable. You will come away from this interview with several things that you can incorporate into your life today. The interview is 29 Minutes. To listen – click on the Interview Button Below – Enjoy! Interview
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The Power of Kindness

William Wordsworth said, “The best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” When our family put together our family purpose, we discussed our values, passions, and talents. My wife and I both felt a strong desire to put a priority on serving others, to reach out, to help, and to uplift. We added to our purpose statement a motto: Serve God, Serve Each Other, Serve Others. To reinforce this motto, every night before we go to bed, we each share how we helped or served somebody that day. Our four-year-old daughter Andie loves this part, and thinks about it during the day – always making note of opportunities to serve. As we enter the Holiday season we are entering my favorite time of year because of people’s disposition to do good, show love and be kind. My wife came up with
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A Wish For Leaders

I sincerely wish you will have the experience of thinking up a new idea, planning it, organizing it, and following it to completion, and then having it be magnificently successful. I also hope you’ll go through the same process and have something “bomb-out.” I wish you could know how it feels “to run” with all your heart and lose – horribly. I wish that you could achieve some great good for mankind, but have nobody know about it except for you. I wish you could find something so worthwhile that you deem it worthy of investing your life. I hope you become frustrated and challenged enough to begin to push back the very barriers of your own personal limitations. I hope you make a stupid, unethical mistake and get caught redhanded and are big enough to say those magic words ”I was wrong.” I hope you give so much of
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A Networking Observation

Yesterday I went to a networking event for lunch. There were about 80 people there and we were assigned to tables with 8 at each table. The conversation was good, but superficial throughout the lunch. The typical question was directed at the name of the company on the name tag. “Tell me about XYZ company?” or “What do you do at XYZ?” Then the event director introduced an activity. We went around the table and each of us had two minutes to answer a personal question and then 2 minutes to talk about what we do professionally. The personal question was either “What is a mistake you have made in the past?” or “What has been a memorable sporting event for you?” I don’t think it mattered what the personal questions were but the interesting thing that happened was when people began to open up and talk about personal things,
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5 Lessons About the Way We Treat People

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady. During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. “Absolutely, ” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was
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