Check It Out: Don’t Let People’s Character Surprise You

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I’m continuing my links back to previous posts today. Click here to read it.

Today, I want to look back at a very early post, but a lesson that covers a hard lesson I’ve learned over time, and one I come back to frequently–don’t be surprised by a person’s character. Here’s a taste:

Every one of us have life experiences that have led us to where we are. Our behaviors are a culmination of our life experiences and our decisions to that point. We have not become who we are today without the influence of who we were yesterday.

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Check It Out: Start Somewhere

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As I mentioned on Tuesday, I’m going to start sharing some early blog posts. This one, titled “Start Somewhere”, seems a fitting place to start. Here’s a glimpse, click to read the rest.

I am a thinker. I have a terrible tendency to be able to argue both sides, even when they don’t need to be argued. Because of my propensity to think, I joke that I spend 90% of my time thinking about what I could do, and 10% actually doing it.

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Interesting Quote Origin

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Have you ever had a quote that keeps popping up around you? Something that after hearing the third or fourth time you decide, “okay, I can’t ignore this anymore”?

For me, in 2017, I’ve heard the following C.S. Lewis quote probably half a dozen times:

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.

Except, upon a simple google search, I came to a shocking realization: this is not a C.S. Lewis quote at all! Don’t believe me? How about clicking over to and reading for yourself. Read specifically number 2 on the list of quotes misattributed to Lewis.

So, what do we learn from this, aside from (maybe) interesting small talk? Well, obviously, a quote does not have to be from someone famous or influential for it to carry meaning.

So, who gets credit for this quote? You’ll just have to click to see.

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Check It Out: Shortcuts vs Second Miles

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I’m on a Student Leadership trip today, so I thought it would be fitting to share an article I ran across last week.

Tim Elmore is someone whose blog I always make a point to read, mostly because he has great content. This article, in particular, talks about the difference between shortcuts and the second mile. Here’s a taste:

Now that most of the Millennial generation has entered adulthood, I’ve noticed a predisposition we, the adults, have cultivated in them. The pattern is to always look for a “shortcut.” Find out what’s essential and don’t do an ounce more. Whether on purpose or on accident, we condition our kids (who we feel work so hard) to:

  • Do the bare minimum amount of homework to get by.
  • Do only what the coach demands on the field, not any more.
  • Clock in and out, and give only the time your supervisor requests.

While I understand this shortcut approach is efficient, it does not represent the kind of mindset most employers, most coaches, most friends and most spouses find endearing. The act of getting out of hard work or quitting instead of being patient as we struggle through a difficult task may be natural but it’s not attractive. Doing more than what’s required is what makes us great. It differentiates us and makes us magnetic.

Click over and check it out. It’s a short read and worth the time.


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Check It Out – Turn the Faucets On

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I’ve never considered myself an entrepreneur, mainly because I have never started an outside business. So today’s link may seem a little strange.

But, if you fancy yourself an entrepreneur, or are even intrigued by the idea, this short article by Jon Acuff is worth the read.

Here’s a taste:

“The best time to build a new business is when you don’t need it to support your family.”

(Read more at The simple secret to being a successful entrepreneur.

Even if you’re not interested in building a new business or making more money, you can learn something from the read. Sometimes, growing in leadership means looking at something that may not apply and learning from it anyway.



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