As a child, my father mentioned some specific things to and around me that shaped the way that I view the world. To this day, those words direct my attention. That makes me think about the nuances of leadership. The statements that I heard him say, in total time, probably took about 1 minute to say. And here i am 25+ years later still being directed by them.
One minute can change the trajectory of the years of one’s life!
Sometimes we never see ourselves as leaders in the lives of those around us but in reality it takes just one phrase, one idea, one principle to be able to direct someone’s life path.
How many times have we heard stories of people who struggle with low self-esteem and they trace it back to one person who said one thing that stuck with them for years? Or have you ever heard stories of men in prison whose lives were changed because some therapist told them that they were smart?
Isn’t it always the little things that we tend to push aside and ignore that is actually the changing agents of life. We take them for granted until they are no longer there, then realize how powerful they were all along.
Simple but either deadly or life-giving…either destroying or building.
Even when our leaders are living their lives as a model for us, we always interpret their actions as words to direct our steps. Seeing how my father approached his daily life spoke volumes of life principles into my mind for future reference. And although I’m definitely not great at all of them, I still have them to strive towards daily.
Here are some of the things I’ve heard my father say:
Don’t follow. Be original. Do things because you want to do them not because someone else is.
Don’t spend most of your 24 hours following or watching celebrity (be they politician, athletes, actors etc). They already have their bread buttered, while you’re still trying to get grain to plant.
The world is your oasis, you paint what you like.
Never be afraid to go after achievements because you fear failure. What’s most important is learning.
When you get paid, pay yourself first.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from the minute conversations you’ve had that has shaped your life?