A few weeks ago I came across Michael Hyatt and his This is Your Life podcast., his co-host is Michele Cushatt. Michael and Michele deliver great content! I was a bit unsure about it at first. I found it because, I was looking for a new mentor to add to my repertoire for weekly listening and edification.
I listened to a podcast then downloaded everything that he had in the feed, over 80 podcasts! I hand picked some episodes up to season 3. I then listened to those one offs and moved on to Season 4. Three episodes are now saved in my podcast app, they are; Season 4 Episode 8: Goal Setting for Beginners, Season 7 Episode 7: 6 Strategies to become a Better Conversationalist, and Season 7 Episode 11: Ways to Build Trust with Your Tribe. There are many, many other good episodes and I really have been drinking in his thoughts and ideas! I have gained insight into how to do things better for this site and my FB page.
I have also picked up his free eBook “Shave 10 Hours Off your Workweek”, which I am looking forward to reading and I have put his book “Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want” in my audible wish list for my next read. If you are looking for a really great podcast to provide you with ideas on leadership, self-improvement, self-motivation, writing tips, platform management, and a host of other topics to improve your work life balance; I recommend that you subscribe to his podcast and use his experiences and stories to help you work through your own challenges! In the latest episode, Michael said he listens to Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish’s 10xTalk podcast. Get this one too! I started with The Power of Your Personal Story and this episode is off the hook!!
I have been re-reading Jack Campbell‘s The Lost Fleet Series. I really enjoy these books a great deal! The story is compelling and action packed! It became a subject for this blog because one of the things the hero imparts to his fleet are values. Values that got left behind over the course of a century.
When Black Jack is revived from survival sleep a century of warfare has passed, a war that started with an attack on the convoy he was protecting. By a turn of events, Black Jack is made the fleet commander and despite his reluctance … he takes command.
As he leads the fleet, he leads it as if it was 100 years ago. While this causes consternation and frustration amongst some of his captains; while others take him as a living miracle. Black Jack, cancels unofficial orders, like the killing of POWs and civilians. He reminds the sailors and Marines of the Alliance fleet that they are supposed to be living a moral life. They should be treating their enemies according to their laws of war and fleet regulation. Black Jack finds some of those in his command relieved to be serving in accordance to the “old way” of doing things. As the story continues, the fleet reverts back to the moral way of doing things. We see how those we see most often are changed by the association with Black Jack and his leadership.
This resonated strongly this time around, because I have been writing and talking to you guys about values, morals, ethics, … etc. If you don’t know already, I strongly agree with living a life guided by the principles that have withstood the tests of time. Only since the 1960’s has the world really started to question those values and today it is even worse. I know what my life was like before December 1996 and I know what my life has been like since then.
No, my life isn’t perfect (if you could ask my wife) and I am still full of flaws. I make mistakes every day … however, I am still in pursuit of perfection.
Recently, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Boston. A friend was getting married and we felt that we could make the trip over a weekend and spend some quality time together. It was an opportunity to see a few historical sites. We walked the Freedom Trail to Faneuil Hall and saw a few of the landmarks along the way. It made me want to listen to John Adams by David McCullough. It was amazing to stand on the place where those individuals died in the Boston Massacre and to walk in the Granary Burial Ground and witness the place where several of the Founding Fathers and some of the other players in the American Revolution have been laid to rest. It was amazing and inspiring to know that in the 1700’s this city was a hub of thought and leadership. That men who loved their country so much and risked everything to fight the injustice they saw. It is evident from history that these men from Massachusetts didn’t want to separate from Great Britain; it was their country. It took years for some of them to come around and realize that they would have to sever the political ties. Thus a Declaration of Independence was written and a revolution was begun.
I came across a new website today that deals with leadership and becoming a leader.