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…

Last Drop Of Coffee

I remember when I was younger and 

In college, I used to have roommates.

They were all cool guys, but I remember

One in particular. 

 

One of the guys happens to be a CEO for

A national company. One of the youngest ever

But doesn’t surprise me or anyone one bit.

Why? Because this guy is a natural leader.

Let me break it down for you…

 

This guy was one of the nicest guys ever

But he was tough, because he had high

Expectations for himself, he also had them

For everyone around him. 

 

But it wasn’t even about that.

You see, this guy was so nice and so helpful

That although he expected a lot out of you

You almost felt bad disappointing him.

He would go out of his way to help anyone

And he never seemed put off by it.

 

He’d get up early and refill the coffee pot

For us and remind others to do the same.

You would always see him holding doors

And helping those that need help. 

 

We all recognize these qualities of a leader

But there’s a bit more to it than that. 

Through his leadership he also found a way

To make others happy and that’s what

I’m interested in talking about today..

 

What is a leader?

 

That’s a great question that I think can be

Answered by looking at a leader’s qualities

I’ve already listed a few, but I could 

Go on for an eternity and I still wouldn’t

Have given you any more of an idea as to 

What a Good one looks like

 

So check this…

How about we break it down to one 

Simple, identifiable trait. 

 

COURAGE

 

Even my roommate, the guy that didn’t

Always pick up his socks, but never

Complained about leaving ours around.

Had an enormous amount of courage.

 

Because he was also the leader of a

Frat that was not known for it’s model

Behavior, but he developed a culture 

At least in my 4 years there, where

The members (myself included) 

Believed more in his vision for helping

Others and having fun than our own 

Vision of partying and wrecking other

Frat houses.

 

Oh did I forget to mention I was 

In that frat? 

 

NE hoo, what’s important to recognize

Here is that this one guy changed over

104 years of tradition of  partying, raiding 

Sororities,  and terrorizing other frats, In

Lieu of a kinda nicer fraternity that came to

Be respected and loved, in a way similar

To what people showed to the leader.

 

ONE GUY changed a reputation that stood

For 104 years…

 

What will you do with your life today?

 

Jerry “tradition changer” Washington

 

P.S. I wish I kept in contact with that guy

We all knew he would be great, just like

We all know when we see a good leader.

 

Tomorrow, I want to talk a little more 

About what it means to have courage

And what you can to grow it in your 

Life. I always (try to) pick up the conversation

In my private Facebook group, so if you’re

Itching to talk more about this, I would

Encourage you to join the conversation

Over there at Project SELFFY. Talk soon…