As I search the internet looking for experts, gurus, and others I want to follow, the ones I connect with consistently have a message of being in service to others. Part of my struggle in getting this venture off the ground was wanting to be in true service to others, not just more noise. Click to Tweet the image below and add a quick note about how you are serving others.
Failure is a harsh word. But it is often the word we associate with a scenario that doesn’t turn out in the successful, happy, satisfying way that we had originally planned. But I don’t think looking at something as a failure is really helpful.
If something isn’t a success, we often jump to the opposite and call it a failure. But rarely are projects and activities so clearly black and white. In reality, most things we engage in fall along a spectrum. To delineate anything that does not hit the ultimate success mark as a failure is just not fair. Failure is all about negative connotations. Along with that comes lots of negative emotions – neither of which is usually helpful in the long run. How much better would it be to grade our goals and objectives on a scale, looking at each element and component individually instead of lumping the whole thing into a single pass/fail mark?
Travel in this day and age can be challenging, there is no doubt. But as with most things, attitude makes a whole lot of difference.
People often complain about having to travel, especially when much of their travel is associated with work. I average about 75,000 airline miles every year, so I could be one of those folks. But instead, let me share why I like traveling for work.
When I was first starting out as a consultant I would often hear the “wiser” consultants say that the reason a business failed was that they were under-capitalized.
That made sense – having enough funds to get started is important. But in this age of $100 start-ups, is under-capitalization still a problem? Always … it just depends on what type of business capital you are actually talking about!
You hear stories, you read articles, you listen to a podcast or follow a blog and your continuing thought is, “there is no way this guy is that great!” One person can’t possibly be that intelligent, knowledgeable, generous, successful and friendly.
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And then you have the opportunity to meet the “internet god” in person and one of two things happen:
- Your worst fears are confirmed and this person is all smoke and mirrors with no real substance and huge disappointment sets in.
- You are in awe, because they are everything you built them up to be and possibly more.
For Michael Hyatt the latter is true, and I want to share with you how I know this.
That was the title of my message on Sunday. It was laity Sunday and I was asked to preach on or around the topic of financial giving to the church (woohoo…..). But I care about the topic; I have found personal satisfaction, contentment and joy in giving and decided to focus on how, not why.
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This was the first image of the message; the quote really gets to the point of when we have enough. The wise woman who said those words? That is my mother!