Check out this surprise wedding from my man @RyanLeak it is absolutely awesome… I don’t think I’ve ever watched a 30 min. YouTube video from start to finish besides Kony, that was until this video. It’s crazy to see this come together as I remember having conversations with Ryan as he was planning an entire wedding, all by his lonesome. (Crazy and Awesome at the same time)
Check this video out, let it inspire you, encourage you and just make you smile as you watch a true love story unfold on the screen
All doors lead somewhere… your ability to be selective with the doors that you open is a major contributor to the successful situations that you find yourself walking into.
Additionally, it’s important to remember that all great doors are not opened by you and you alone. The most successful doors are often opened by the most unlikely people. Be selective in the doors that you open and the doors that you allow to be opened for you.
Here are 5 Ways Being Selective Will Lead To Your Success.
- 1. Selective Hearing – You must learn how to be selective about who and what you listen to. If you want to be successful, you must learn to listen and receive the meat while selectively spitting out the bones.
- 2. Selective Relationships – We’ve all heard the old sayings, “You lie down with dogs you get fleas, if you play with fire you get burned, bad company corrupts good character…” The bottom line is this – If you want to be successful you must you must be selective in your relationships.
- 3. Selective Exits – There is always a time to stop and a time to go, unfortunately people can’t seem to find the appropriate rhythm of when to stop and when to go. If you want to be successful you must understand the appropriate red and green lights of life, also be prepared to take a detour, make a u-turn and most importantly take an exit.
- 4. Selective Memory – In sports they refer to a major attribute of a successful athlete is the ability to forget the last play, especially if it was a mistake. The same is true in everyday life, if you want to be successful, you must let go of the fears, forget about the mistakes, lose the memories of failure and selectively focus on your successes, your wins and your God-given potential.
- 5. Selective Choices – This sums it all up, if you want to be successful, be selective and make wise choices. The End!
Listen to God’s whispers and you will find yourself choosing the right door, after the right door, after the right door… and more importantly God will open doors that no one can shut.
Leadership, Leadership, Leadership… it seems to be the point of discussion no matter what the subject is. If you turn on SportsCenter you might hear about Nick Saban, Tom Brady or LeBron James’ Leadership. If you turn on any national news station you might hear about the leadership or lack there of from Congress and the White House. If you look in your social media streams you will see many people sharing a leadership quotes and recommending leadership books and blogs.
Everyone is always talking about leadership, many people are writing about leadership and everyone wants to be a better leader. Leadership expert and author John Maxwell has written countless leadership books and has sold over 19 million copies – a concrete example that people desire to become better leaders.
It doesn’t matter how many leadership books you read, how much leadership intellect you have or if you have obtained an awesome leadership role. There are 3 Non-Fundamentals Of Leadership, those non-fundamentals are this:
- 1. If your actions don’t inspire those around you to be more, do more and believe in themselves more; there is a good chance that you are not leading.
- 2. If you are more focused on how you’re perceived than you are developing others and helping those around you win; you’re not leading.
- 3. If you are unwilling to change or lead from the “my way or the highway” standpoint; you’re not leading, that’s called dictating.
Delusive leadership gets delusive results. Keep it real, care about your people and help others win. The end result will be better team members, a better organization and an overall better product for the consumer.
Share your thoughts, opinions or experiences with these Non-Fundamentals Of Leadership?
The trailer above is just a short clip of the comedy special that my man @MichaelJrComedy filmed at Gateway Church. Let me first say this, Michael, last name Jr. is a friend of mine, he’s the real deal, a great man of God and he just happens to be hilarious. Secondly, let me say that his comedy makes my entire family laugh, my kids were 8 and 12 when they saw him for the 1st time and not only were they cracking up but the content was perfect for them.
That’s what makes him so great is his unique ability to connect with the entire family, any race, any background, any situation and make them laugh, all while keeping it clean. Recently my 5th grade son Jayden was telling me about an interaction that he had with a girl that he has a mutual liking with at school, He said “She looked at me and gave me the lizard look face.” LOL If you don’t know what the “Lizard Look Face” is, you will have to get a copy of Michael Jr’s “Laughing On Purpose” DVD Special.
MichaelJr’s “Laughing On Purpose” DVD is rightfully titled, because it’s comedy with a purpose. The major bonus to anything that MichaelJr does is the fact that there is always a message, a purpose and something meaningful to walk away with. MichaelJr has a comedic gift and he freely gives it away to people in homeless shelters, prisons, youth facilities and countless under-served groups.
“A gift isn’t a gift until you give it away.” ~@MichaelJrComedy
With multiple appearances on late night television, such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, Willow Creek Leadership Sumit, Bishop TD Jakes MegaFest and almost every large comedian church or event in the country, my man Michael Jr. has definitely made a name for himself. His family-focused, laid-back style is pure comic genius, and “Laughing On Purpose” first solo comedy special on DVD.
“Laughing On Purpose” is an outstanding comedy concert was filmed at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. Michael’s brilliant comedy is matched by high production values, with a project that was filmed in an excellent venue with a warmly appreciative, engaged audience. It’s now available for purchase at Wal-Mart. (that’s when you know that you are big-time) If you buy it at Wal-Mart go through the self-checkout line because those other lines are way too long. (Wal-Mart hire some more cashiers, now, please)
WIN A FREE COPY OF “LAUGHING ON PURPOSE”
I have 3 Copies of “Laughing on Purpose” that I will be giving away randomly and winning is very simple, as a matter of fact it’s as easy as 1-2-3:
Winning is easy as 1 – 2 – 3
- 1. Follow @MichaelJrComedy on Twitter (If you are already following him, thanks for being an over-achiever)
- 2. Go to @MichaelJrComedy’s Facebook page here and like it. (If you already like his page, thanks you’re an over-achiever
- 3. Re-Tweet my tweet about winning a copy of the “Laughing On Purpose” DVD (BTW- I’m @scottwilliams). Here is the tweet to copy and paste, or you can simply find @scottwilliams on twitter and re-tweet it. “Win A FREE Copy of @MichaelJrComedy’s “Laughing On Purpose” DVD http://bitn.us/MjrLaugh (you can add a little flavor to your tweet, or re-tweet just make sure I’m copied and it has the above info.)
- Note: Winners will be selected from random tweets and those who complete steps 1-2-3
Thanks and if you don’t win go buy it at Wal-Mart, good luck on finding a short check-out line.
Leadership can sometimes be tricky, by tricky I mean difficult to evaluate the true impact of one’s leadership. Some leaders push people really hard, create an environment where individuals can’t ask questions or challenge the king and results are more important than anything else.
These leaders and leadership environments may produce results for a season, but in the long-run, morale will be negatively affected. Those employees will do just enough to meet the performance expectations and they will begin to plan their exit from that environment when the 1st lateral or better opportunity comes available.
Don’t confuse great performance with great leadership. There are plenty or organizations, environments and teams that have great performance, while the implications of the leadership is devastating to the employees. These teams are generally over-worked, under-valued, under-appreciated, stressed out, carry their work problems home and are flat out unhealthy. Great leadership produces healthy teams.
The best way to evaluate the effectiveness of leadership is to get true and honest feedback from the team. If this feedback is filtered through an independent 3-party it’s even better.
Don’t measure success from performance alone, dig a little deeper and answer this question: “Are my team members happy, healthy, satisfied and excited to come to work everyday?”
Healthy teams are comprised of healthy people. Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of the leader to create an environment that fosters health.
Don’t Confuse Great Performance With Great Leadership.
Lists, Lists, Lists… I really don’t really care for list posts; however they are easy to follow, easy to digest and easy to remember. That’s why I keep writing them and you keep reading them all across the interwebs. The reality is maybe I really do like list posts – who knows?
There is one thing that I do like and that’s doing the work I love and you should to. I love spending time with family, sharing the Gospel, strategizing, connecting, thinking, dreaming, leading, challenging and helping others win.
11 Reasons You Should Be Doing The Work You Love
- 1. It’s what you love… duh.
- 2. Life is too short to be wasting time doing work that you don’t even like.
- 3. If you are sharp enough to rise to a leadership role for an organization you are not particularly fond of, you’re definitely sharp enough to successfully do something you love.
- 4. It’s easier to wake up in the morning, when you’re waking up to do what you love.
- 5. You are consistently motivated by an inner desire to do what you love and the success of it all is simply a nice bonus.
- 6. Your dreams can be centered around what you love instead of dreaming about how to get out of a situation that you don’t like.
- 7. You only live once on this earth. ((repeat))
- 8. If you find yourself in what you perceive as mediocre work situation – you don’t have much to loose, pursue the work you love.
- 9. If you don’t feel that you can leave the financial security, ask yourself “Will the money be the most important piece of my life puzzle 5-10-15 years from now?” Better yet talk to someone in the “Car Business” that chased the dollar their entire life.
- 10. There is a reason something you love is burning deep down inside of you – it’s because it’s what you were created to do.
- 11. You are more productive when you are doing what you you love, you mile, you laugh, you cry and you love it.
There are some great lyrics and encouragement for those contemplating, desiring or thinking about pursuing the work they love found in hip hop artist Emimen’s song “Lose Yourself.”
If you had one shot, one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?
You can do anything you set your mind to. ~Eminem
Maybe it’s time that you “Lose Yourself” or better yet, it’s time that you find yourself, it’s time that you do what you love and love what you do.
Why are people so scared or unwilling to do the work they love? Share your thoughts and experiences on this subject and these 11 reasons.
As I’m sure many of you did, I watched MTV’s Video Music Awards aka #VMAs2013. As there is from all of the awards shows, there was a lot to learn from the video music awards. Culture, Agenda, Style, Pushing The Limits, Trying Too Hard, History, Generational Gaps, Class, The Fact That Justin Timberlake is Timeless and the list goes on and on.
One of the more astonishing things to watch from the 2013 VMA’s was the performance of Miley Cyrus. It wasn’t just the fact that the performance was weird, ridiculous, unnecessary and that it made you feel sorry for Miley.
The performance for me made me really pause and think for a moment. It made me ask some questions and really think about Miley and what’s going on in and around her. Questions like: What is she thinking? Why is she thinking it? Is she oblivious to what’s going on around her?
After her performance I sent this simple tweet:
“That awkward moment when everyone can see the train wreck coming except for the one driving the train. – Miley Cyrus”
That tweet was retweeted countless times as it resonated with many people who saw the performance and felt the same way that I did.
One thing that I always try to do is draw leadership and life parallels to almost any and everything. As I was watching Miley it made me think about “Why So Many Leaders Are Like Miley Cyrus.” Here is the deal, I don’t hold Miley totally responsible for the train wreck road that she’s going down, I blame those around her and those closest to her. Those closest to her and those she is choosing to listen to are the ones saying, “Be yourself Miley, it’s okay, don’t listen to the haters or they are choosing to remain silent to the Miley train that is screeching down the tracks of destruction.”
I see this same scenario with leaders all the time. Although they may not be running around with a teddy bear onesie, horned pig tails, half naked, with a posse wearing teddy bear backpacks; however they are making poor decisions and creating destructive cultures. Even more problematic, those closest to the leader and those at the highest levels in the organization are often cheering on the negative leadership behavior or standing on the sidelines remaining silent to the leadership train screeching down the road of destruction.
Every leader and high profile person always has an inner circle that will either help keep them accountable or sit and watch their train come completely off the tracks. “Yes Men and Yes Women” are never the answer… Choose your inner circle wisely.