Leadership with heart, mind, and soul

Why You Do It

Added on by Sam Davidson.

This is an interesting observation about the fact that when the Wright brothers made their historic first flights, no one noticed. Seriously - no newspaper coverage for weeks.

Just kidding.

No one covered it for years.

You may well toil at your mission and your passion for a while. And while you're working, no one is noticing. Your work may be wonderful, but the notoriety, the fame, the accolades? They're all going to someone else.

So what do you do?

You keep working. There is no other choice.

If you're only chasing the quick fame of a headline, you'll be sacrificing the deeper impact that comes with longevity. And the difference between 15 minutes of fame and meaningful history-making is a little word called "legacy."

Great work that creates meaning builds a legacy; quick work that creates attention builds hyperbole.

It turns out that headlines rarely change the world anyway. Legacy does.

Do the work and people will notice. Eventually. 

And when they do, they'll never forget.

Dreams Are Cheap

Added on by Sam Davidson.

Dreams are cheap. My guess is that the going rate is a dime a dozen. Maybe even half that this time of year.

And that's because dreaming is free. 

There's no hourly rate to dream your day away. You can do it while you do other things - while in a meeting, while folding laundry, or on the subway. 

But, work is expensive. Progress costs time and money. When you need to get to work on that dream of yours, you'll have to pay the price of not doing something else. 

For this same reason, marching will cost you more than tweeting. Speaking up will require more than ranting in your head will. 

As a result, what is done is always worth more than what is dreamed

Be a dreamer if you like, but I'll trade a thousand dreamers for one doer and I'll come out ahead every time. 


The Choices You Make

Added on by Sam Davidson.

Go read the success story of any famous person. Dig deep into the life history of someone you admire. Ask a loved one to tell you the full story of his or her life.

What you'll find is that for every person, success was a choice. Sure, the ball bounced someone's way a time or two. Or luck may have knocked on their door when they least expected it. But no one climbs a ladder by accident. No one falls into a giant bucket of success. 

Success is a choice. 

And while you're at it, so is:

  • Hope
  • Kindness
  • Love
  • Patience
  • Friendship
  • Time
  • Money
  • Your vote
  • Focus
  • Creativity
  • Skill

The power is in your hands. More than ever before. 

Now, go do something great with all that power you have.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." - Marianne Williamson

(This post was inspired by this article about planning and dreaming.)

You Can Be the Best in the World

Added on by Sam Davidson.

You can’t be the best in the world at everything, but you can be the best in the world at something.

You see this guy? 

That’s Robert Jensen and he’s the best in the world at cleaning up after plane crashes (and other major disasters). Sure; it’s not rosy or happy and nothing any of us can major in at college, but he’s the best. And he’s found work that is both lucrative and fulfilling. 

Parents tell kids that they “can be anything they want to be” when they grow up. And while that’s nice to say, very rarely does it become reality. Once I learned I couldn’t hit a curveball in high school, I had to give up on the idea of becoming a Major League baseball player. 

And thankfully so. While I’m not the best anything in the world yet, I’m pretty damn good at a few things professionally (and getting better). And I bet you are, too. 

When you become the best in the world, it’s inevitable that you’ll make money. And I bet with your success (financially and reputation-wise), you’ll find some happiness, too (but be careful - these aren’t always related). You just have to be ready to dig in and focus on becoming the best.

That road won’t be speedy or easy, but the upside is that the choice is entirely yours. With so many industries and careers that didn’t even exist during your formative childhood years, just think of all you can be now!

Don’t be average at someone else’s dream or path. Be the best at yours.

More Voices in Your Head

Added on by Sam Davidson.

It's easy for any of us to keep listening to the same voices, those that always agree with us and keep us comfortable, whether it be political opinions or general life advice.

But when things stay the same, growth can't happen. Therefore, if you want to grow in 2017, you need to get some different voices in your head.

Want to be a better baker? Start following come kitchen rock stars on Instagram.

Need to step up your sales game? Hit the library and check out the top books by masters in that field. 

Listen to new radio stations, unsubscribe from some email lists and add new ones, go to therapy, make a new friend, keep a journal, pick up a different magazine at the stand, or follow different pages on Facebook. 

We're in control of media more than ever before. With so much choice, why wouldn't you add different perspectives that will make your smarter, better, stronger, faster, or more of anything you dream of being? 

Of course, you'll need to pay attention to your signal-to-noise ratio, quickly ditching anything that isn't adding value and is leading to distraction. But I bet by the end of this month, with the right focus on seeking out new ideas, you can add five actionable items that, when complete, can make this year your best yet.