Posts Tagged ‘identity’
When I was a kid in the 60′s, success for my father was a Cadillac. He was the pastor of a local church in Charlotte, North Carolina, but I’ll never forget his dream of one day owning a “Caddie.” For my friend’s parents, it might be a golf club membership, summer home, or regular vacations to Florida, but in so many cases, an “object” represented that generation’s “arrival.” Today, it’s vastly different. Not only do I have more opportunities than my parents, but I’m far better travelled, and been exposed to so much more. As a result, “arrival” for me isn’t a thing, it’s a state of mind. For today’s generation, success is about Read the full article »
For those of you who missed it, here’s my interview last week on The 700 Club, about my new book: ”One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do:”
The highest levels of performance in sports, the workplace, school, or the nonprofit world, never happen without trade-offs and sacrifice. The extra hour an Olympic athletic spends training is an hour less he or she can spend with their family. The extra effort it takes to win that major client project means chipping away at your personal life. For most people, the illusive idea of work/life balance is an illusive ideal, because Read the full article »
Ryan Mathews and Watts Wacker, authors of “What’s Your Story? Storytelling to Move Markets, Audiences, People, and Brands” made a remarkable statement: “Lose the audience, and it really doesn’t matter how great your story is.” In a cluttered and distracted world, it doesn’t matter how great your idea is—because if no one’s listening, you’ve failed.
It doesn’t matter that you have a brilliant strategy to solve your company’s problems, because no one has the time to look at it or hear your plan.
It doesn’t matter than you’re producing the next Hollywood blockbuster, because you can’t get Read the full article »
I open my new book “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do” with this classic scene from City Slickers:
The issue of destiny is loaded question. Nearly everyone wants to believe in the concept. Atheists may believe that there’s no God, no purpose, and no point to life, but it’s pretty tough living that philosophy out in the day-to-day trenches. The idea of destiny gives us a reason to go on, motivation that our lives matter beyond PTA meetings, job reviews, and visits to the local coffee shop. The Christian tradition teaches that God has a purpose and plan for our lives. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, we have a Read the full article »
Recently, Kathleen and I visited the Huntington Library, Gardens, and Art Collection in Pasadena. Founded by Henry and Arabella Huntington, their mansion was transformed in a museum after their death in 1927. Among other outstanding collections, it has an incredible hall of British portraits. As I walked through the galleries of the political, artistic, social, and military leaders featured in the portraits, I saw serious “intention” in their faces. They lived their lives strategically and with purpose. They didn’t leave much to chance when it came to ambition and career goals. As I studied the paintings of military generals, writers and artists, business and government leaders, I wondered about the place of ambition in my own life. What would have happened had I Read the full article »
Stop being average at so many things, and become extraordinary at ONE BIG THING. My new book, “One Big Thing” is set to hit shelves nationwide on July 17th. I’ve been working on it over the last year, and I’m more excited about it than any book I’ve ever written. The book asks a simple question: What were you born to accomplish with your life? “One Big Thing” will help you discover what you were put on the earth to do and allow it to revolutionize your business, your ministry, and your life. After years working with major organizations, I’ve learned something that’s true for those organizations and for individuals as well: You’ll never get noticed for being “pretty good” at a lot of things. Today, you’ll only get noticed by being extraordinary at one big thing. The question is – Read the full article »
Since I wrote my book “Branding Faith” a number of years ago to address how branding applies to religious and nonprofit organizations, I’ve been amazed at the number of branding companies that have popped up specifically to work with churches. Many of these companies are very good and doing excellent work. But I’m also finding that for many, “branding” has become a religion. I got a call from a religious ministry the other day who said, “We’ve just spent Read the full article »