Posts Tagged ‘leadership training’

In North America today, we are getting too comfortable with just getting by. We have been settling for ‘good’ instead trying to be ‘great’, and this in turn has led us to redefine what it means to be good, and we often no longer understand what ‘great’ is.

So many individuals have settled for good that these people are often considered to be leading great lives. I find this to be especially true in today’s economy with so many people struggling just to get by.

What is causing all this? Why are so few people not trying to succeed anymore?

I think the primary culprits are the media, our schooling system, and our government (which runs our schooling system and influences the media).

There is a war going on. A media war which we will call a war on mediocrity; a term I first heard from leadership expert Orrin Woodward.

How our schooling system helps promote mediocrity

I read an article on a story about a teacher who lost his job because he wouldn’t grade students according the school policy. The teacher gave a failing grade for students who failed to do their assignments, while the school had a policy of giving only an ‘incomplete’ for work not done. I’m happy to say the teacher had the character to stand up for what’s right, and told the review board that if he was given his job back he would continue to give zeros to students who didn’t do any work. He has since  been hired at a private school, showing that having character can pay off in the end.

We are so afraid of telling our kids where they are at, so afraid of hurting their feelings, that many of them become wimps. They don’t have the pressure of losing and don’t learn that to succeed in life it will take work. If they learn early on that they can’t fail when they don’t put in the work, then they will take this with them throughout their life.

We are also teaching our kids to not keep score, that we should not be trying to win. As I explain here, By not teaching our children to strive for greatness, to be the best they can be, we promote mediocrity as the ideal. (more…)

life2We are where we are because of who we are. If we want to be somewhere else, we have to become someone else.

What I mean by that is, the information we have now has led us to who we are and what we have done. If we want to improve our lives, we need to start with getting better information.

I’ve found that many people try to convince us to ‘just be ourselves’ and not worry about what others think. This is good advice if you are happy being mediocre (average, like everyone else) and it is good advice if all you want to do is feel better about your current situation and stay in it. It is not good for those who want to be successful or want to improve their lot in life. That type of thinking is the easy way out. It’s how I’ve lived most of my life.

I would ask you a question; why settle for good if great is available?
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Leadership And Liberty

It’s important to learn as much as we can on the concepts of freedom, because if we don’t understand what it is and where it came from, we might as well say goodbye; we won’t see it being taken away a little piece at a time.

One of my biggest passions over the past two years has been the concept of freedom. I have always believed that people should be free to do as they wish as long as they aren’t hurting others, but have learned so much about the concepts of freedom that although my core values remain the same, many of my views have changed.

There are two sources of information that I have found to really help me understand what it means to be free, and that shows us how we can impart this information to others; helping to promote a free and prosperous society.
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