Hey guys, here is a little awesomeness for your morning. Today I have Rick Theule (Too-lee) who is a proud dad, faithful husband, lover of Christ, and looking to inspire you to be awesome. Enjoy!
Passion – Speaking, Writing, Leading.
Get In the Banana.
As I was preparing to write this post for Ralph, I took a few minutes to stroll through his blog. These
are some of the topics that grabbed my attention. Banana?? Really? In his defense, I’m an old fart
comparatively. The banana post may be significant. You should probably begin reading it first.
The other topics are much more familiar to me. In fact, I’m quite passionate about those topics.
An unbelievably important topic. There are so many ways to lead, and so many ways to lead the
wrong way. It is important to spend time learning from those who already display leadership
traits. As I work on developing my own leadership materials and content, I find myself leaning
heavily on a few people. Michael Hyatt, Jon Acuff, John Maxwell, Andy Stanley, Michele Cushatt,
and more. I read blog and books. I listen to podcasts. I intentionally connect with people I
respect and look up to. Commenting on blogs and sharing content from these people help me
strengthen my own position and beliefs in the area of leadership. I believe the best way to learn
how to be a great leader is to lean on the experience of others.
How we communicate in 2014 is very different from even a few short years ago. I use social
media to communicate now more than any other method. A few years ago, many of these avenues did not exist.
Blogging, the medium we’re using here, didn’t exist 20 years ago when I was
finishing college. Communication has changed so much, yet we still experience many of the
same problems. Clarity is an issue. Many times, even when speaking to people face to face, our
communication can be misunderstood and twisted. Recently, in a closed Facebook Group I am
in, some poor communication skills caused a problem. Ideas and opinions being posted by an
individual were not coming across very clear. Many of us in the group did not understand what
the person was trying to say. It was difficult to straighten it out. Would face to face, or a phone
call (FaceTime??) have helped? Maybe. My point is, communicate well. Learn to use multiple
methods in order to provide clarity.
Connections kind of go right along with communication. Without strong communication we
often fail to make connections with people. Proper connections can propel us along to great
rewards in business. Connections can also bring us to meaningful relationships that may last a
lifetime. Without connections, we become stagnant and stuck. Many times in life, connections
will move you forward to achieve more in life than you could ever imagine on your own. A
perfect example for me is the book I’m writing. Without some very strong connections to some
very key people, I wouldn’t be writing my blog, let alone a book (or two, or three).
Passion – Speaking, Writing, Leading.
I have found my passion in my life. My passion revolves around speaking, writing, and leading
people to a more awesome version of their own lives. How do you find your passion? Look up.
Read the above paragraphs. Communication and connection with leaders will help you find
your own passion. Don’t hold back thinking it will magically come to you. Seek out your passion.
Seek out leaders. Ask those leaders how they discovered their passion. Make connections with
people you believe may be able to help you discover your passion.
I’m still not sure about the banana but, I do know Ralph Edwards is on the right track with regards to
Passion, Communication, Connection, and Leadership. Subscribe to his blog. Learn from him. Learn from
his guests. Engage and ask questions.
And most important of all, continue to live a life full of awesome.
Connect with Rick!