Outliers

Most of the time we are average. This is a good thing. If we were all so different it would be hard to understand each other and make progress. Average is easy. You blend into the crowd and go with the flow.

Occasionally there are outliers. Someone who breaks the curve. They have some quality or ability that makes them stand out. What outliers choose to do with their ability is very important.
Do they spend their life hiding?
Do they spend their life exploiting others?
Do they spend their life using their ability for good?

Would you believe me if I said YOU ARE AN OUTLIER? You have a superpower in a particular area that breaks the curve. If you already know what it is, great! If not, find it and use it for good. You can move us all in the right direction… we’re waiting on you.

So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

Genesis 12:4 KJV

Memento Anima

Stoic Philosophers coined the term Memento Mori – a Latin phrase that means “bear in mind your mortality”. In other words “remember you will die”. The Bible expresses this same truth in James 4:4. “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

Getting acquainted with death and realizing your own mortality will help you live a life of honor and virtue, but it’s not enough. The real question is – What happens next?

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Promises

Our actions make promises and our culture is based on these promises. They establish a framework and a level playing field on which we do business and interact with one another.

What happens to our culture when we adopt a different set of promises? 
If we agree that short term gain is worth more than long term success? 
If we start lying more? 
If we become consumers instead of stewards?
If we decide family is not that important?

Do our lives get better?
Does our society prosper?
Do we love and care for each other?

Actions make promises make culture.
What promises are you making?

And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, [9] And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;

Genesis 9:8-9 KJV

Consistency and Collaboration

Do I know you are going to be there to do the work?
Can I count on you when the chips are down?
Will you show up like the sun?

Consistency establishes trust; but, don’t stop there.

I heard the story of a man who had worked for a company for 30 years. At his retirement ceremony someone asked him if he had any regrets. His reply was “For 30 years they have paid me for the work of my hands. If they had only asked, I would have given them the work of my mind for free.” What a waste of untapped potential.

Everyone in an organization can participate in some way to the “master-mind”. Great entrepreneurs and great leaders create collaborative environments where the best ideas are allowed to win.

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Genesis 8:22 KJV

Orders

As a subordinate, you receive orders from your superior.
As a server, you receive orders from your customer. 
As a child, you receive orders from your parents.
As a worker, you receive orders from your boss.
As a player, you receive orders from your coach.

Do you want to visit the restaurant where the food is inconsistent and often not what you ordered? 

Would you want your 4 year old daughter to do whatever she chooses without regard? 

Do you want your star player to only run the plays as called and never improvise?

Do you want to go to work and punch the same widget the same way every day?

Culture answers these questions. Our culture is not what we say, it’s what we do. Do we encourage thinking, lying, sloppiness, collaboration, love, kindness, yelling, cursing, etc? Ultimately, the success of the organization and the happiness of the participants is determined by the culture. 

It’s up to you to find the right one or create your own. 🙂

Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

Genesis 7:2 KJV

Grace

Confidence comes from hard work, preparation and practice.

Pride comes from overconfidence.

Destruction follows pride. Why? Because there is no grace. 

The love of God is administered through grace.

Grace is only given to the humble.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Genesis 6:8 KJV

NextGen

NextGen Healthcare
NextGen Aviation
NextGen Finance
NextGen Technology
NextGen Communication 

Seems like we are always looking for something a little better in the Next Generation. 

Same holds true with our children. The only difference, we are the responsible party.

And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: [29] And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.

Genesis 5:28-29 KJV

Laws

We are a nation of laws. These laws provide an agreed upon framework for our society to function and prosper. They allow us a safe and stable environment to build and create. Over the past 200 years we have created more than 23,000 pages of laws. Of course, some of these laws grow useless over time and need to be changed or discarded.

Natural and moral laws, on the other hand, were not created by mankind. These laws are immutable and we run into some real issues when we attempt to change or discard them.

But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

Genesis 4:5 KJV

Personal Accountability

Someone invented cigarettes/juules… so I am addicted to nicotine.

There was a wreck on the interstate… so I was late.

I did not have the information… so I made the wrong decision.

Realize that every outcome in your life is due to the DECISIONS YOU MAKE. Face the consequences of your actions, both good and bad, without excuse. Personal accountability might seem cold and hard, but it’s the way.

It’s the way of freedom.
It’s the way of success.
It’s the way out of your current mess.
It’s the way to stop people from using you.
It’s the way of living a life of no regrets. 

Please read Jocco Willink’s book Extreme Ownership. It is the de facto manual on personal accountability that should be taught in every home and school in the world.

And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

Genesis 3:12 KJV

Stewardship

You have money.
You have time.
You have ideas.
You have faith.
You have relationships.

At any given moment you might have a lot or a little.
Either way, cherish and multiply what you have and use it to be a blessing.

And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

Genesis 2:15 KJV

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