Articles tagged: "change"

Three Words That Could Change Your Life

The best advice can often be stated in just a few words. For me, it is those simple insights that catch my attention. Because like you, at every turn, I am daily saturated with a barrage of information and soundbites. Consequently, I long to hear relevant and relatable wisdom that can cut through the noise around me.

I want to live life well. I don’t just desire to be smart. More than anything, I aspire to be wise. So I am looking for seasoned mentors who are willing to share with me bite-sized nuggets of perspective that will rouse me from my dizzying state of incessant activity. I welcome mini wake up calls.

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Invest In Who You Are Becoming

As a parent of five children, I well remember asking each of them when they were young: “So who do you want to be when you grow up?” Their responses included the predictable: an astronomer, an astronaut, an archeologist, and even an antique collector. My kids were at first surprised when, in response to their vocational aspirations, I would share with them that those are all the wrong answers.

Because if you listen closely to my question, you will notice that I was not inquiring about what career they hoped to choose, but who they actually wanted to be at the end of their lives. As facetious as it was to pose a trick question, I was training my children to think beyond professions and positions to matters of character, choices, consequences, and ultimately, their personal legacy. Even to this day, as I spend time coaching and mentoring young leaders, I chuckle inside when I ask them this same question, “So who do you want to be when you grow up?” knowing that I am setting the snare to expose short-sighted perspectives.

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