Today, April 21st, is the two year anniversary of my dad, Mark Buechley's, passing. He was a a great dad and an intentional mentor. For those that are interested in understanding who he was and the legacy he left, these are my notes from the eulogy I was privileged to deliver at his celebration of life. It was an adventurous life indeed!
Have you ever felt like life is just one crisis after another? You get everything straightened out and organized and then - wham! Out of the blue, something derails you and it's all hands on deck.
Well, guess what. That's life.
I think we're always going to have to deal with it. Today, I want to challenge the way we look at a crisis.
You see, a crisis brings about something which is very, very unique, particularly in today's culture. There's so much activity. There's so much information....
The most important work we do in relation to our growth, we do alone. Behind the scenes. Under the hood. It’s the blacksmith’s shop where we forge and hammer out our own character.
What is the point of winning at business if we we are losing at life?
We need to focus on being bigger on the inside (character) than we are on the outside (influence), as John Maxwell likes to say. I find that by focusing on activities that form my character, my priorities...
I’ve noticed many high-achievers don’t spend much time thinking about the past. I was recently catching up with a senior public-service leader who has been a mentor to me over the years. We kicked around this idea of ambitious people being forward-focused. “Yeah, we just rip the rear-view mirror right off”, he quipped. That visual struck home.
Often, ambitious people are so forward-focused we lose track of where we’ve come from.
Understanding what’s behind our ambition is a critical pursuit for driven personalities. In There Will be Blood, Daniel Day Lewis portrays a ruthless oil man named Daniel Plainview. In one scene, he has a heartfelt conversation with a man pretending to be his long lost brother. The conversation gets real.
Daniel Plainview: Are you an angry man, Henry?”
Henry Brands: About what?
Henry Plainview: Are you envious? Do you get...
What idea or feeling comes to mind when you hear the word growth? Do you sense a twinge of anxiety because you know growth requires change? Or are you energized?
In my years as an entrepreneur and leader, I have observed that healthy people and organizations are generally growing. Admittedly, growth may have developed a bad rap in some circles because of the occasional "culture of greed" that over-emphasizes revenue and profits to the detriment of real growth in other...
Alexander Solzhenitsyn was sentenced to a Soviet gulag (labor camp) for eight years after being accused of producing anti-Soviet propaganda in private letters critical of Stalin’s war. He entered prison an atheist and emerged a man of faith. Looking back he said, "I bless you prison - I bless you for being in my life - for lying therein on the rotting prison straw, I learned the object of life is not prospering as I had grown up believing, but the maturing the soul".
Being really good at something can be a blessing and a curse. A blessing when whatever you're good at is truly valuable to your business, but a curse if you rely too heavily on that talent.
Many entrepreneurs fall into the frustrated founder role because; (a) they don't identify what they are naturally good at and, (b) they don't build a team that can take them further than their own limited strengths. No matter how talented we are in one area, God doesn't give us all the gifts....
My new book, Ambition: Leading with Gratitude, is set for release November 15th. After selling a business earlier this year, I committed to writing a book to explore the underlying reasons high-achievers struggle to find contentment and satisfaction. It was truly a labor of love and I enjoyed the process of refining these important ideas.
My daughter just graduated from college with a business degree. As a serial entrepreneur, and the son of an entrepreneur, it's been an interesting challenge to help her think through "career choices" as she launches into this ever-changing work world.
Before I talk about how to pick a career, we need to acknowledge that "career" is possibly an outdated, or at least changing, concept. Career implies structure and reliability. In today's economy, I think it's more...
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