The Right Thing

Often, as an entrepreneur, you have to turn off the noise. You have to stop listening to what other people are saying and do your thing. Some of the greatest ideas and inventions have been brought into existence in spite of what others think.

In the midst of the chaos of creation, it’s good to regularly take a pause and evaluate.

Is this what I wanted?
Am I missing something BIG?
Is there any collateral damage?
How many people am I helping?
Is the cost still worth it?
Is this the right thing?

Clearing the calendar and the smoke for a day or two to think deeply about these types of questions will save you lots of money, but more importantly…TIME. Perfecting the wrong idea is always a bad idea. Some of our ideas should be executed, and others should be executed.

Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.

Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? [2] He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

Psalm 15:1-2 KJV

The Head

Are you the Head Honcho? The big cheese?

I remember an old saying, “If you want a fresh drink of water, go to the head of the stream.” In other words if you want the truth, ask the person who knows; or if you need permission, ask the person with the authority to grant it. Many systems and organizations are so opaque and complicated, it’s hard to find the head.

Here are a few things we can do to keep our organizations flowing freely.

Don’t just train, teach. 
If you teach someone WHY, you unlock personal genius and they become a better team player. Understanding creates confidence creates initiative creates efficiency.

Allow failure.
An environment where small failures are actually praised and shared is magical. When people are allowed to TRY without fear, new ideas come to light. A few winning ideas can be a game changer.

Encourage and invest.
People care about people who care about them. When we CARE it positively affects productivity and bottom lines; but more importantly, it changes lives.

Everyone has a BOSS.
Regardless of where you are on the ladder, you have a boss. Like it or not, one day you will be asked to give account for your work.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; [4] What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Psalm 8:3-4 KJV

Progression

Our lives are constantly changing whether we want it or not. The good news is that you have great influence over the direction of the change. 

Consider the four pillars; health, wealth, relationships, and spirituality. Intentionally make a positive move on each one every day. It doesn’t have to be huge. Eat a salad, send a note, pray, save… the small things we do consistently set the trajectory of our lives.

We grossly underestimate the compounding effect of tiny movements in the right direction. It’s never worthless and it always matters!

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Psalm 1:1 KJV

Handshake

In his book Winners Never Cheat, John Huntsman tells the story of how he negotiated a deal to sell a 40 percent stake in Huntsman Chemical for $54 million dollars. The negotiations ended with a handshake deal in place. While the lawyers took an excess of six months to complete the paperwork, the value increased to almost $250 million. When the buyer proposed to pay more, Huntsman said no. “We shook on the deal.”

This type of character is almost unheard of; but it shouldn’t be.
How much is your word worth?

Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

Proverbs 20:17 KJV

Outgive

I think I was 29 years old when I met Billy. The self proclaimed “Bilster” was about my age and owned a construction company that just so happened to be headquartered out of the building next to mine. Billy was almost uncomfortably full of energy and one of the friendliest people I have ever met.

My experience has taught me that people are not always as they seem, so when he greeted me with a loud “How in the Heaven are you?”. My first thought was…not another one of these guys. I am blessed now to say, “The Bilster” didn’t just speak religion, he lived like a Christian. At a time in my life when I needed it most, God sent an unusual man to live an example and mentor me in the faith.

As I read Proverbs 19 this morning, one of Billy’s many one-liners came to mind. “You Can’t Outgive God!” Giving our time, talent, and resources to help those who are in need opens the door to the miraculous.

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord ; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 19:17 KJV

Right

I’m right…and I know I am right!

Don’t be so convinced that you stop listening to those around you.

Like Mark Twain said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble it’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

Job 32:1 KJV

Correction

Understanding correction is a superpower.

Understand correction is not personal.
Understand correction as a blessing.
Understand correction will keep you from mistakes.

A wise man embraces and understands correction.

A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Proverbs 17:10 KJV

High Road

The high road or the low road?

In the heat of an argument…
When someone does you wrong…
When everyone else is doing it…
When nobody is watching…

Take a deep breath and then…
Take the high road.

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Proverbs 16:17 KJV

Slow Answer

Slow to answer and quick to act.
Most of the time we get this backward!

Why? Most likely ego and pride.

A quick answer can shut down ideas before they can be explored. Ego cannot have a seat at the table. Like Steve Jobs said, “The best ideas must win!”

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Proverbs 15:28 KJV

Separation

You are the average of your five closest friends.
You become the people you hang out with.
Show me your friends, I’ll show you your future.
You can’t soar like an eagle, running with turkeys.
And the list goes on…

Why are there so many similar clichés and quotes? Because it’s TRUE! 

Look at the following list. Are there people in your life in the wrong category?

Inner Circle (Most Influence)
Friends / Family
Acquaintances
Occasional Contact
Limited Exposure
Complete Separation (Least Influence)

It’s 100% your responsibility to tend your garden of influence. There might be hurt feelings when you limit your time with Negative Nancy and Paul The Prideful. You might even be “labeled” by some of your friends when you stop going out with them. It’s ok. Immediate discomfort, it’s far better than regret.

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

Proverbs 14:7 KJV

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