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A Week of Experiences and Memories

This is one of those weeks where I’ll cover about three different thoughts. Leadership lessons are in each!

Subject One–Sports! (A good start to the guys who read this!)

There was a point in my life where I played and coached many sports. That was at least 15 years ago. Some of the guys at church needed another player on the softball team so I stepped up. After all, I pitched for many years. Pitching a softball is something that should be easy if you are 30 or 59, right?

What I forgot in the past 15 years is what it was like to run a full 65 feet to first base. I’m sure many of you run to keep in shape. Some of you work out. Some of you, like me, remember what it was like years ago and think that it is still easy. Fortunately, my beautiful wife, Mary Kay, thinks that beating out the throw to first base to avoid a double play after a 14 bouncer to short is a hit. (Got to love her).

My point?

Leadership is something that you have to continue to do. You can’t be inconsistent and believe that you can still be good … or even adequate … at it! Leadership is something that we all need to continue to do.

Oh, by the way, I can walk now without my thighs on fire! Thanks for asking.

Subject Two—Age!

I stopped by and saw a couple franchisees in my travels this week. I was reminded how nice it is to be “older.”

One of my very good franchisees, and a good friend, is under 35. I remember how much I thought I knew versus how much I really knew back in those days. I love having the experience of all these years and all these mistakes I’ve made. Whew! How did I ever survive?

I’ve learned how important it is to focus on what you want to be good at. I had a chance to devour, not just read, “Three Feet from Gold” by Greg Reid. Put this on your must read list!

All of it was based on “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, published in 1937. If you haven’t read this—read it in the next month. When challenged with “That book was written so long ago,” Greg replied: “Gravity was discovered a long time ago! Do we still believe that theorem?”

In “Three Feet from Gold,” the writer chronicles what happened to him once he met an older gentleman who turned out to be a mentor and absolutely changed his career and his life.

If you have an opportunity to mentor someone, embrace it. Share your knowledge so that others may benefit from your years of experience. Age does have its advantages!

Subject Three—What Impact are you Making?

I’m writing this on Friday night, April 4. I just attended my very good friend, Mark Johnson, memorial service in California. (I’ve written about him previously).

I’m walking away from this struck by how one person can positively affect so many lives.

Mark was never a father – but he was everyone’s favorite uncle. His franchisees loved him. (After 30-plus years in franchising, this seems like a miracle to me!)

I loved hearing the stories from employees how he changes their lives. He mentored them and gave them opportunities.

That is what leadership is all about. Simple, isn’t it? But the hardest thing most of us will ever do!

Have a great week.

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