Nov 272013

Do. Learn. Define.

Therein lies the fundamental, root issue with why so many do not find lasting success (however they chose to define it) nor significance in their lives.

Define. Learn. Do.

Not only is this 180 degrees different when you examine in writing or hear someone say it out loud, it is also inside-out transformational for one’s thinking and mindset.

Why is the former far inferior to the latter?

Let’s dissect this at a high level in this post. This concept can easily form the spine of a book, or the core theme of an entire evening’s seminar, so additional comments from those who read this post & identify with this are most welcome to offer input.

First, the former.

In old style, agricultural/industrial age schooling, you are often asked at some, or many points, by an adult in authority something along the lines of “What do you want to do when you graduate?” Without being aware of the far superior alternative, this seemingly straightforward question has pinned the teenager (‘you’) into a corner, and continued a programming that nearly often leads to mediocrity and a settled for life rather than one of uncovering genius, serving others, & being part of something far bigger than oneself.

Then, often, the answer received by the adult ranges from a shrug/blank stare, to a verbal “I am not sure/don’t know”, to, in some cases, a detailed reply from a smaller percentage of teens. This is quite often the lead-in to the learn step, where, often, one finds themselves on the college prep track, taking classes to beef up the transcript for colleges “A”, “B”, and “C” to evaluate when it comes to the next stage. You are embarking on a journey to learn whatever it is that you want to do

Lastly, whatever you end up learning defines your life; its contours, its obligations, most usually, your budget ( mostly debt ), and even where you live and whom you associate with.

You’ve now been boxed in = a Pre-defined outcome based on the first step you took. And, keep in mind, this step was driven often unconsciously, due to societal norms and perhaps peer pressure. Can this box be broached, so you can re-learn something else after changing your answer to the “do”? Yes, however, not all that easily.

What about flipping the entire equation, and turning it on its head? Let’s look at it:

Define – define your life, ‘Johnny’; where do you see yourself in 5? 10? 20? years. What’s your ideal day look like? What are your priorities that you want to fulfill?

Learn – Let’s find / lead you to someone(s), something(s) which will lead you through the steps, phases, decision points, thought processes, and commitments which are required in order to reach the lifestyle which you’ve defined in step one.

Then, wrapping up with Do. Now, after your thinking has been changed by this new information and perspective/mindset, it’s time to act. Take action! Make mistakes. Failure is a direct input to success. Do what the someone/something advised and recommended. For instance, if you want to be wealthy and have both time & money, follow the success principles which the truly wealthy advised in the books & audios, and what your mentor(s) who have what you want have told you.

Is this not evolutionary, let alone revolutionary, in how it differs? For certain.

Why don’t more folks in the West, let alone America, make the latter choice? Simple reasons > Too much noise v. proven gold medal information. Conditioning & programming. Those without success teaching those who have yet to have the opportunity to learn success principles that break the mediocrity ‘chain’. A lack of reading & listening, and being unaware of the value of education v. schooling.

These reasons can be dealt with. And, it’s one of my missions to reach as many as I can to help them realize that there is a choice.

Thank you for reading & may your days be blessed in all ways!

Nov 272013

Earlier this fall, I had the golden opportunity to attend a live business seminar where the keynote talk, meant to implant success principles throughout those who attended, was on five core C’s of leadership. These five did not break new ground as I’ve had the privilege to read numerous gold star books on leadership over the past 3+ years, however, the way they were presented was very fresh & insightful, making the 40 min. talk highly valuable.

Let’s break them down, one by one. Most of the content in each were from my personal notes that evening; in some cases, I added some add’t colour two months later upon re-examining those same notes.

(And, as always with my blog posts, feedback in the form of comments & shares is always very much welcome.)


Become more mission than need driven.
What three/3 things am I and only I responsible for as a leader?
Never be afraid to delegate, as leadership often means getting things accomplished through/via others.
When you devote a little of yourself to everything, you’re really committing yourself to nothing (in the endgame)


All things we have are created twice. It was an idea that took someone’s courageous act to create to start.
On the heels of every dreamer is the demon of doubt.
Never let the ‘how’ get in the way of pursuing your ‘WHY’ ( see Sinek’s excellent book for far more on the latter! )
Only those leaders who are courageous will be followed – long term.
If you fear anything at all, be it not knowing your own blind spots ( get a mentor! )


Uncertainty creates the necessary condition for leadership
Clarity ALWAYS results in influence
There are times that we must negotiate uncertain terrain, yet you have to cast the vision regardless.
Omniscience -> knowing everything is NOT a requirement for leadership; listening, though, definitely IS.


A good coach will evaluate your performance against your potential; you will never maximize potential in any area without coaching.
Be sure to do a “fruit check” = results in the area in which you are seeking guidance. Be sure, too, that this person is relatable, and willing to serve & help you get where you want to go. Summed up? Define ( WHY ). Learn ( from this individual ). Do ( what he/she/they advise/counsel/recommend )
In the end, it’s not the accomplishments of the coach that makes him/her valuable; it’s rather what he/she sees in his/her student(s)


Your accomplishments will make your name known, whereas your character will determine what others associate with your name – while you’re alive & long after you’re gone.
Character values doing what’s right regardless of the cost. You can manage people without moral authority, howeve,r you will not have influence in their lives.
We set young leaders up to fall if we let them move ahead to do things before we impart character into their lives first.
As a leader, you must make the right decisions even when they are tough – perhaps the decisions are wrapped behind closed doors in the short term, however in the long term, many will know and come to understand what led you to make them.

I hope and pray that you found even one nugget of added value from this post. Gratitude, appreciation, and well wishes to everyone!