As we wrap up another year, I thought I would invest my time in sharing what your future might look like. Yes, this is another year end blog that tells you about what the future looks like. But before you shrug it off as just another way to get you to buy my products and services; I suggest to you that these ideas, if implemented, can change our world forever.
If you haven’t noticed, I don’t sell products or services from this blog. Unless you consider that I’m trying to persuade you there is a better way to live your life through being a serving leader.
Here are three different ways you can serve the world. If you want to succeed, you may want to decide which serve your personality best and then get to work. I have found that every one of my best clients and business partners have these shared qualities.
The first is individuality. How do you serve yourself? In our culture today, there are more than enough people whose sole purpose in life is to serve their own needs first. I bet you knew that already, didn’t you? We hear about these self-serving people endlessly in our 24 hour news cycle. Everyone saying, “Look at me, I’m important. I’ve done something you can only dream of.” These are the people many look up to in our society today. But wait there’s more; these individuals are taking up more and more of our time learning about them. They share ideas, but never dialog, they tweet something out and their fans go wild. Never mind that you wouldn’t let them in your house or want them to be members of your family or community.
Now before I go too far along on my soapbox, let’s realize these men and women are the people who move our society. These people are the same individuals who create breakthrough medicines, change the way we do things, and overall, are the people who are responsible for changing the status quo.
These people unite passion and purpose in ways that earlier generations could not have imagined. These renegades continue to push the envelope further and further by understanding who they are and what they want. They won’t stop until they get it. They are the ugly American entrepreneur that is so reviled around the world. They are the European scientist who throws caution to the wind to better understand radiation, and pays for it with her life. The diplomats after a world war who decided how to draw up the map of the world in a different way causing the death of countless, thousands of people fighting for the same territories for many, many years.
The next type of person evolved from the first. They are independent. They believe they have the power to change things and set out to do just this. They don’t try to fit into their society; they shape society to fit their view of the world. They are capable and inspiring leaders who have lead our world through many challenging times. They believe that they are right and will do what they believe is best for everyone.
They believe that they know what’s best for us and work hard to create this in our culture. They see their own impact on the world as so great they forget what it takes to keep them there. They fail to realize the foundational law of the universe. For every action there is an equal and less predictable reaction. Shame on them when they discover many of their common beliefs create some of the world’s biggest tragedies.
This strength of personality has many positive possibilities, if harnessed correctly. It can help provide individual freedom for the individual and raise the quality of the people around them. It allows them to accomplish great things in a single lifetime and provided the right guidance at the right time. It can substantially impact the way the world works. Their vision of the world can inspire others to greatness. Their competitive drive can create massive breakthroughs in many different parts of our lives.
So where do we go from here? What if I told you there is a better way? Would you want to know it? Fear not, this Thursday, I’ll share the final way to serve the world that is going to change everything about how you see leadership. See you Thursday.