Just the Beginning

January 1, 2013

Life is full of opportunity. Leadership is about taking those opportunities. Legacy is what you will leave behind when you do.

Why am I writing?

I’ve asked myself that question countless times over the last year. The simplest answer is: because I believe I have things to share on the subjects of life, leadership and legacy. More often than not they come from mistakes I’ve made and the things I’ve learned through them.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to get this thing off the ground. It’s been a year in the making but it’s finally here. Writing can be challenging for me but so important to my growth as it forces me to process and articulate things stuck in the cul-de-sac of my mind.

My sincere hope is that my blogs and e-books (even my tweets and posts) will encourage you towards this end, a grace filled life, leadership and legacy.

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A few things to reflect on as we begin 2013.

When everything seems new, it’s a good day to think about your life.

  • Life is a gift. None of us gets the credit for our existence.
  • Life is short. As Proximo says in the film Gladiator: “We mortals are but shadows and dust.”
  • Life is filled with opportunity. And we all have to learn to make the most of those opportunities.
  • Life is about walking out a story. Each of us is trying to make it a good one.

How will you use the gift of life you’ve been given this year?

When anything seems possible, it’s a good day to think about your leadership.

  • Leadership is necessary for seizing opportunities. Without it, they will slip by us.
  • Leadership is essential for life. Each of us fills a leadership role in some capacity at some point.
  • Leadership is varied. Nuanced. Responsibility is rarely cut-and-dry or black-and-white.
  • Leadership is about earning and taking responsibility. And this is often a heavy burden.

Where will you pursue opportunities and take more responsibility this year?

When new goals abound, it’s a good day to think about your legacy.

  • Legacy is both a responsibility and a gift. We’re blessed to be a blessing.
  • Legacy answers the question: how will you influence the future?
  • Legacy is inherited. We each receive some sort of legacy from our parents and authority figures.
  • Legacy is a choice. We can work to leave a good legacy, or selfishly produce a bad one.
  • Legacy is complex: it is our money, our memories, our assets, our faith and our relationships.

When next January 1st comes along, how will your legacy have grown?

These are the questions I’m asking myself today, and these are the things I hope to share through my writing. Thank you for being a part of it.