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SERIES: Wisdom From Dr. John C. Maxwell – Part Three

Over the past year, I have had the incredible honor and privilege to speak at several conferences where Dr. John C. Maxwell has been the keynote speaker.   The conferences have been called Stewardship Challenge and they have been presented by Injoy Stewardship Solutions, a premier capital stewardship campaign company.

I thought I would take a few posts to write a few of the thoughts he shared that impacted me greatly.   I trust they will be helpful to you as well.

Part Three My greatest challenge I have as a leader is leading myself.

This is an INCREDIBLE statement – especially when you consider the source.   Dr. John Maxwell is a man who has accomplished more than most people could in twenty lifetimes, yet he still makes this statement.   It caused me to pause and take note.   If the man known as a “leadership GURU” is saying that his biggest challenge is leading himself, why on Earth would it be any different for me?

It is hard to lead oneself!   It is so much easier to just give in to impulsive wants and ignore tough decisions that need to be made.   It requires enormous effort to focus on continuous learning, especially as one begins to enjoy some success.

It reminds of the statement, “What got you here won’t get you there.”

Let’s zoom in on the financial implications:

  • It’s easy to see the financial misbehavior of others – tough to see it in our own life
  • It takes effort to learn excellent money management – time & effort
  • It is easier to be broke and complain about what one can’t do because of being broke than to exert the effort necessary to become financially equipped to fund one’s plans, hopes and dreams

Your thoughts?

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SERIES: Wisdom From Dr. John C. Maxwell – Part Two

Over the past year, I have had the incredible honor and privilege to speak at several conferences where Dr. John C. Maxwell has been the keynote speaker.   The conferences have been called Stewardship Challenge and they have been presented by Injoy Stewardship Solutions, a premier capital stewardship campaign company.

I thought I would take a few posts to write a few of the thoughts he shared that impacted me greatly.   I trust they will be helpful to you as well.

Part Two Connectors find common ground.

If you hope to accomplish something great, it is going to take lots of people to accomplish it.   If you are unable to find common ground where there is a win for everyone participating, you will limit the opportunity.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some things that simply are not negotiable.   For example, I Was Broke. Now I’m Not. will not promote payday loan providers offering loans at the low-low annual interest rate of 378%.   It is simply not an option.

As I work with our customers, our team, and our suppliers, I am constantly looking for better ways to maximize the win-win-win scenario for ALL parties involved – not just our team.   This is ESSENTIAL to our success.   We want our customers, team, and suppliers to all win.   To do so means that we must find common ground.

Guess what?   When you work to find common ground, it may seem like you are giving up something, but in the long run you gain way more than you feel that you have given up.

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SERIES: Wisdom From Dr. John C. Maxwell – Part One

Over the past year, I have had the incredible honor and privilege to speak at several conferences where Dr. John C. Maxwell has been the keynote speaker.   The conferences have been called Stewardship Challenge and they have been presented by Injoy Stewardship Solutions, a premier capital stewardship campaign company.

You might be surprised that for me the highlight of the conference was not the opportunity to speak (on a subject I am VERY PASSIONATE about).   No – the highlight each time has been the opportunity to listen to, learn from, and observe Dr. Maxwell.   This is a man who is living his calling.   He has mentored and taught me via books since my early twenties.   People have bought over 18,000,000 copies of his leadership books (a few more than my books).

I thought I would take a few posts to write a few of the thoughts he shared that impacted me greatly.   I trust they will be helpful to you as well.

Part One Nothing in the world gives more HOPE to mankind than a dream and nothing has brought more DISAPPOINTMENT than not fulfilling a dream.

An amazing statement.   We all have dreams – all of us – yet so many people fail to achieve their dreams.   This is what drives our team to teach foundational financial principles – so many of life’s dreams take money.

You want to fund your dream?   Here are two fundamental steps you can take today toward fulfilling it:

  1. Write down your plans, hopes and dreams on paper (you can use this form if you like – Planning For Your Life (PDF))
  2. Prepare a written spending plan that includes the money to begin funding the dream (use one of the free budgeting tools HERE)

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