Recently, I was asked to write a letter sharing advice to a student growing up in today’s world. It was published yesterday in The Conversation’s Letters from a Mentor. I want to share the letter with you because its not just for students – it’s for everyone. Just replace the student references with your situation.
Here is what I wrote:
When I was growing up, I never had the opportunity to read a letter like the one I am writing to you right now....
When it comes to leadership, one could think that leading others is relatively easy if you intentionally work on growing your leadership skills. These are the areas to concentrate.
Emphasis on others.
Take me for example. I have been studying leadership and personal growth for over a decade. I know what it takes to be a great leader. I have the greatest coaches pouring their wisdom on me on a weekly basis.
But yet, there are times that all the distractions (and demands) in...
I love this time of year. The holidays brings so much joy to our family. This year is extra special because we have a full house! My mom, in-laws and cousin are spending the holiday with us.
I am always amazed with the Christmas Rush. In the last couple of days, people were going one hundred miles an hour getting ready for Christmas. The roads were packed, the stores were flooded with people. So much was happening.
But in the midst of all the...
Last time I made you aware that you might be wasting time unconsciously…
That you are the result of your daily actions.
I gave you an example of what you could try to make a plan. (we are going to dive deeper on those 10 steps soon, so stay tuned)
I said that it is very simple to take charge of your day… but very hard to have the discipline to stay the course.
But most importantly, I stressed that if you are intentional with your time and do what matters to YOU,...
Let me ask you a question, are you achieving what is important to you?
I hope your answer is yes. If not, keep reading.
Another question… Can you quantify the amount of time you waste in a day?
This question may be harsh for some folks.
Let me clarify… when I say waste, I mean the time spent on things that do not get you closer to your goals.
I bet it is more than you think. It happens to the best of us. We live in a hectic, connected world that...
The amount of times we think of how we are going to fail before starting something is staggering. Isn’t it?
Seems like we are programmed to feel fear rather than excitement. We rather cast a vision of feeling sorry for ourselves that casting a vision of success. We self-sabotage.
I’ve been there. We all have been there. The worse part is that many of us make it a habit.
We are insecure, we blame, we are stubborn, we are fearful.
These are all self...
Two Sunday’s ago I heard a sermon at Church that really touched me. It was about Enthusiasm.
As the Pastor was delivering his message, my head was bobbing in agreement over and over and over.
It started with a powerful quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson…
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
The root of the word enthusiam caught me by surprise and will blow your mind.
I encourage you to “google it” as I dont want to spoil the surprise.
Talent alone does not make you successful. It takes more… much more.
In fact, I am certain that the people that surround you will determine your potential.
The ones closest to you will be the difference makers in your path.
But, come’on… we all know that, right? Our parents engrained it to us very early on.
I remember clearly the sound of my mom’s voice when she would say… “Choose your friends wisely Jose”. Her voice inflections...
For a couple of months now, I have been talking with my 6 year old about the plans I have for the Center For Leadership and Growth (CLG). He was very excited to hear that part of CLG’s mission was to teach leadership to the next generation.
As I am describing it to him, I could see his creative mind started turning and connecting some dots. The next thing you know he was casting a vision of him teaching alongside me. “Dad, dad, can I be the teacher?”, he...
Stanley Huffty once said: “It’s not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes the position”.
I am sure that most of you would agree with that statement.
The fact is that leadership is misunderstood. People often think that those with fancy title or a given executive position are leaders. For some that may be true, but for the grand majority, not so much.
In true, authentic leadership, titles carry no value. Leadership in earned.