Love Story?

I want to write a love story

Not like those traditional

Boy meets girl, they fall in love

Story…

 

We’re going to finish off this week’s

Theme about heroes and leaders with

A few of today’s great leaders in different

Fields and what makes them the leaders

That they are.

 

Remember, leaders and authorities aren’t

Always the same thing.

Sometimes a leader can be someone or

Something (i.e. a business) and have very

Little real power, but yet everyone still

Gives them their full attention anytime they

Choose to speak.

 

So on with the love story…

 

Number 1: Everyone loves this guy and yet he’s

From the smallest country on the planet.

He’s used his platform to include many people

That before him felt disenfranchised within

His organization and has transcended his

Position as leader of the organization into

The leader of a movement of acceptance,

Inclusion, and most of all…LOVE.

 

Who am I talking about?

 

In my (humble and usually correct) opinion.

Pope Francis is one of the greatest leaders of

All time.

 

His inclusion of everyone under the

Catholic church is unprecedented. He does

Not use the Catholic church as a sort of

Platform to denounce everyone that does not

Believe in the traditional church doctrine.

 

His vision is not about advancing Catholicism

But of advancing love, acceptance, and inclusion

Of all thoughts and beliefs in the conversation

So that we can all grow through understanding.

His is a very unselfish cause….

 

Number 2: Lady Gaga she may wear some

Pretty interesting clothing *clears throat*

Meat suits aside, her little monsters are

The misfits and the miscreants of the world

And they worship her for being the voice

That they never had the courage to have.

 

Not only is she a creative genius, but she

Has brought her message of inclusion to

Mac make-up where she has strategically

Chosen to market products wearable by

ALL skin types and colors.

 

Number 3: Virgin Inc. (Richard Branson)

It was a record company, then branched

Into airlines, then into mobile phone service.

The vision of Richard Branson is only

Matched by one Steve Jobs, unfortunately

He’s dead so now all our iPhones are gonna

Suck…

 

But what he has done is have a vision.

He wasn’t trying to define his company

As the best record company, or the best

Airline.

 

His was a vision that created a company

Similar to Apple, where they didn’t set out

To be a product, but rather a company that

Could build a better design, a better service, or

A better experience to what was already existing

On the market.

 

It is because of this same principle that we

Know what an iPod is, but would have to

Go back to 2002 to see what Dell (yes, that

Dude your getting a Dell) had as the

More powerful equivalent at the time.

Side note: I actually owned one of those things.

 

So I think I can stop it there. There were a few

Others I considered, Nelson Mandela, Elon Musk

Gandhi, and a few others, and they were/are

All great it’s just that I mean how much hero

Worship can I fit into 500 words…

 

One thing that we can take away from today is

That leaders are never for a selfish cause, well

At least outwardly selfish. They are looking

To create the world in their own vision and often

The best leaders are the ones that find a way

To include everyone, despite each individual’s

Personal beliefs.

 

So you may not aspire to be a leader today, but

There is a probability that you’ll become

A leader if you were to emulate these greats.

I’d like to see if you agree or would add anyone

Else to that list. Feel free to leave a comment

Below with a few of your favorites.

 

Jerry “got nothing today” Washington

 

P.S. Another side note, I believe that Trump

Did not win the presidency, but Hillary

Lost it. People were not voting FOR

Trump, they were voting AGAINST

The current establishment.

 

The republicans put this in place

By being against a person rather than

For the people and the people retaliated.

In a way I believe that our politicians

Really are a reflection of America.

 

People preach being tolerant, but if

Someone disagrees (and I’m talking both sides)

Then, they are quick to judge and call the

Other side out of touch. I mean I’m not a fan of

Trump, I’ll come out and say it, but I also

Know that understanding comes from

Listening and patience.  It’s hard to call

Someone names and then turn around

And say you believe ALL lives matter.

It doesn’t work like that.

 

Inclusion means EVERYBODY…

EVERYBODY…

Speaking of which, I’d like you to

Join the conversation on Facebook with me

And my crew

Project SELFFY is the name. Let’s

Talk soon…

Sloppy Seconds

It may or may not sound kinda funny to you coming from me
 
But you know what?
 
I’m kinda normal…
 
 
Like, I have fears, addictions, shame, and everything in between
 
It’s pretty much all the stuff that you’ve thought that no one else thinks. 
 
But the difference, sugar lips, between myself and the average person is that
 
I’ve put years into self development and while I’m not claiming to know it all
 
The knowledge and practical skills that I’ve acquired along the way have helped
 
Me to be able to teach these strategies and tactics to “normal” people. 
 
 
That being said, even though I have founded a company that’s pursuit is to
 
Help others live out their potential in fun, fitness, finance, and fulfillment
 
I sometimes mess up along the way.
This past week or so, I have to admit I’ve not been on
And my mentor let me know…
 
Big time!
 
 
I have a mentor (actually 2) that I turn to for feedback on my progress in 
 
All aspects of my business, including these emails. 
 
I’d say that I spend 80% of my month receiving feedback and learning
And the other 20% trying to teach what I’ve learned.
 
 
Lately, I’d been slacking on the learning and my mentor has a very creative
 
Way of giving me criticism. He calls it the “crisandwichism”
 
Which is where you surround your criticisms with positive feedback.
 
 
Here’s what he said to me last time we talked.
 
He said, (from my notes): Good consistency in emails and good
 
Increase in your network and reach
 
But it seems like the content you’re writing about isn’t really reaching 
 
Your audience and it has looked a little sloppy lately 
 
Maybe take a few more seconds to reread what you’ve written to 
 
Make sure that you are as clear as I know you are capable of being
 
I’ve seen more relatable content from you in the past.
 
 
It’s a great way to provide feedback and it gently guided me onto a more
 
Direct path to where I want to go, rather than shaking me and hoping
 
That I find my way without any real feedback.
 
 
So that’s what I got for you today. A bit of a confession and a tip from
 
One of my mentors on how to give positive feedback. Use this info wisely.
 
 
Jerry “360 feedback” Washington
 
 
P.S. Both giving and receiving feedback is absolutely crucial to growth in 
 
Any field or endeavour. I can’t tell you how many people I see that get
 
Butt hurt over the slightest bit of criticism. But there are also people on the 
 
Other side that constantly criticize, but never offer any constructive 
 
Feedback to try to actually help the person. I hope that you can use this
 
To help you in your personal growth. If you would like more tips and info like this
 
You can join my private Facebook group Project SELFFY to join our discussion.
 
Talk soon…