Have You Ever Been Caught in The Act?

Have You Ever Been Caught in The Act? I just read that headline out loud and I think it could easily be misconstrued.  Trust me – this post is completely appropriate. So caught in the act of what? We all talk a lot. We preach and teach and explain how things should be done and the question is if you were caught in the act – would you be practicing what you preach? If I walked into your life unexpected at any given time – would I find you walking your talk? The reason I bring this up is because I was caught in the act twice last week and one was incriminating and the other was vindicating. We went on a road trip this last week to Las Vegas. (about a 5 hour drive) so my wife Sarah and I had a chance to talk quite a bit. Somewhere
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If They Say You Can’t – Prove Them Wrong!

Have you ever had naysayers in your life? People who told you that you can’t? You aren’t good enough? You should give up? etc… If you have – I think your job is to prove them wrong! In eighth grade I decided that I was shifting gears. I was done playing soccer (which had been my life for the previous 9 years) and I was going to play basketball. I had played before but I wasn’t on any of the high school developmental teams or in the leagues and tournaments that the real players were in – so if I wanted to make the high school team in a year, I had my work cut out for me. I started to practice. I mean really practice – it was an obsession. (Just ask my 40 year old next door neighbor that I challenged to play one on one every night).
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Lead By Example

Over the last couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to speak to several groups on leadership and influence. These groups ranged from teenagers to hospital recruiters to government employees and executives of a fortune 500 company. As we discussed leadership it was interesting to get their differing views on what makes a leader influential, but they all agreed that a leader must lead by example. One of my favorite leadership stories is about Mahatma Gandhi and a young boy – Many years ago hundreds of people were lined up in the town square area for the opportunity to visit with Mahatma Gandhi. On this particular day a young mother and her son waited for hours to be able to visit with him, and when the opportunity arrived, the young mother asked Gandhi if he would speak with her son about his eating sugar in the hopes that his
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