The surest way for me to get anyone to read the things I write is to begin a story with:
“OK, this is going to be a little personal…” or some variation of that.
I don’t mind. I understand that it’s our human nature to be curious of others and to want to peer into their private lives. It has been a survival mechanism our ancestors began employing more than ten thousand years ago.
I have always been a pretty shy person. Less so today than most of my life, but still more than I probably should be and more than most people realize. I admit it makes standing on a stage in front of thousands of people each year a rather strange career choice, but when seen as a means of control, I would say it makes perfect sense.
Nearly all change is for the better. There are exceptions, of course, but for the most part when something or someone changes, the new version is almost always better than the original. If it wasn’t it probably wouldn’t have changed at all.
Of all the elements of loyalty, Purpose is the most misunderstood. We have all become conditioned to believe that having a purpose is about the pursuit of some noble cause or generous act when, in fact, it is simply about having a clear intent and a commitment to follow through.