Being Wrong

It’s okay to be wrong, everyone is, and it is important to admit it when we are.  More importantly however, is the need for leaders to allow those who work for them to admit their mistakes.  Good leaders know to give people permission to be wrong.  Most people don't admit their mistakes because of fear. They're afraid they won't be forgiven*.  Good leaders let their followers know that it's okay.  Great leaders even share their own stories of failure.  It shows they care and allows them to be human.  This permission to be wrong leads to stronger relationships between leaders and followers.  There are few guarantees in life, but making mistakes is one of them.  Allow yourself to be wrong and admit it.  More importantly, allow those around you to be wrong and admit it too!

* Parsley, Brian, Admit You’re Wrong (brianparsley.com)



It is far easier to judge others than it is to judge oneself.  Too often we fall into the trap of judging others, without even knowing the full story of their circumstances.  Think about the times you may have said “They should not have” or “I can’t believe they did that”.  Why don’t we look at ourselves with the same level of scrutiny?  Wouldn’t it be healthy to be more objective about our own behavior?  If we desire to be intentional about our lives then we need to be more critical of ourselves in order to look for opportunities to improve.  Don’t waste energy on judging others.  Judge yourself first…


Laugh, Think, Cry

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

-       Jim Valvano, ESPYs speech 1993

Jim Valvano was dying of cancer when he gave this speech.  If you have never heard this speech you need to.  (Easy to find on You Tube)  His words of wisdom make up one of the most moving speeches of all time.  It is powerful, motivating, passionate and emotional.  What if we all really experience all there of things daily?  He is right we would have something special. 

Laugh, think and cry today…


Never Stop Learning

Do you think people really mean it when they say that they learn something new every day?  They should.  Too often we treat the learning process as something with a specific end.  We tend to say we "went to school" or "received an education", those statements are past tense and make it sound like we are done with learning!  In fact we hardly begin learning about life until after we are finished with our formal education.  We need to think of our education as an ongoing process, not something that we have completed in the past.  We really can learn something new every day and we should. 


What will you learn today!