Archive for August, 2008

On Fire

August 27, 2008

I mentioned Mark Sanborn’s new book, The Encore Effect last week.  I’ve got another gem from his book about living with passion.  Mark tells about John Wesley (p. 47), who was the cofounder of what eventually became the Methodist Church.  John Wesley was such a powerful speaker that before long, large crowds would gather to hear him.  Someone once asked Wesley how he was able to create such encore performances that impacted so many people, and his response was, “I simply set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.”  Now that’s passion!

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The Encore Effect

August 20, 2008

I had the privilege recently of previewing a copy of Mark Sanborn’s new book, The Encore Effect.  You might remember my interview with Mark where we talked about his best seller, The Fred Factor, in which he tells the story of his postal carrier who did his otherwise ordinary job in an extraordinary way.  Mark reminded me again in this book about the power and importance of doing whatever you do with passion and purpose.  Even if you are not sure of what your unique purpose and contribution to the world is, do whatever you are doing purposefully and with enthusiasm – your purpose will eventually emerge.  Try this out today with someone who isn’t suspecting it.  Use a little more eye contact, a little more smile, a little firmer handshake, or a little more service.  The difference between good and great is often very small – like the .01 second margin of victory in Michael Phelps’ 100 meter butterfly race last week.  Create an Encore performance in your life!

Exhaustion is not…

August 13, 2008

Yesterday on our Parental Power call, Vicki said something that really caught the attention of the whole team.  She said, “Exhaustion is NOT a prerequisite for relaxation.”  When we are exhausted, we are not really even capable of living in a joyful way.  Give those you love a gift of a better you through taking regular time for relaxation, recreation, and rejuvenation.  I also really like what Dan Sullivan said about rejuvenation – the definition of that word literally means “to make young again”.  Just think what you could do with some renewed youth!

The Last Lecture

August 6, 2008

I was saddened recently to learn of the death of Randy Pausch, who inspired millions with his “Last Lecture” given in September 2007 at Carnegie Mellon University.  The lecture was given after he learned that he was dying of pancreatic cancer.  Rather than being morose about it, Randy set out to summarize the most important things that he had learned in life.  I would encourage anyone to view his lecture and start thinking about what it is that you would say if you were giving your “last lecture”.  What are those most important parts of life and living that you would summarize for others if you knew you were on your way out?  Today’s M-Power is dedicated to Randy Pausch and anyone else who finds their own way to Live On Purpose.