Dogs and Leadership: Learning Valuable Lessons from our Pets

Man’s best friend is a funny subject when placing dogs in the leadership category.

I got my dog “Kodiak Jack” in September of 2016 from an ad on Craigslist.com. My girlfriend, at the time, surprised me with a picture of some pups around the time of my birthday. I had no idea what was about to happen that day as I got off work and she showed up to my house and said, “We are going to get this dog tonight.” Continue reading “Dogs and Leadership: Learning Valuable Lessons from our Pets”

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5 Reasons Why You’ll Never Be a Prophet in your Hometown

I picture this.. 20 years after graduating from high school, I go to attend my high school reunion. People are exactly what I expected, mostly overweight, hair is falling out, the alcoholism got most of them, and a quarter of them are successful doctors drowning in student debt.

I show up.. I am in shape, took care of myself, obtained a Ph.D., wrote a number of books, own businesses, run online businesses, and basically have a typical out of a magazine lifestyle. (Optimism)

Imagine that these people haven’t heard about you in years or even seen you. All they can remember is you were the class clown in school and somewhat of an outcast. How could he become something great?

Here are my 5 thoughts on why you’ll never be a prophet in your hometown. Continue reading “5 Reasons Why You’ll Never Be a Prophet in your Hometown”

Can Ancient Philosophy Help You Become A Better Leader For Today?

Can Ancient philosophy help you become a better leader in today’s ever-changing business world? Most people think that philosophy is for old people with mustaches smoking tobacco out of a pipe. I am here to tell you that philosophy is not dead. First, let’s define philosophy. Philo means to love and Sophos means wisdom. Putting it all together it means the love for wisdom. Now, do you still think you dont need philosophy? Although this beautiful subject emcompasses so many different theories, mindsets, and studies, it is treamendously helpful for you.

Fields of Philosophy

Fields of Philosophy
Fields of philosophy include Aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, education, history, language, math, science, religion and much more. Do you see any field that you believe belongs in the business world? Of course, you do.. This is because most business is based on ethics, at least, hopefully…

Ethics is the concept of right or wrong conduct and there are several branches of ethics.

Types of Ethics

Descriptive Ethics- What does humanity even think is right?
Normative Ethics- How do people act?
Applied Ethics- How do we put moral knowledge into practice?
Meta-Ethics- Does right even have a meaning? and if so, what is it?

Because diving into Ethics deep would take you all day to read, I have attached an audible book that will help you understand Ethics better.

There’s an awesome company out there that combines Coffee and Philosophy and they are dedicated to helping teach the masses about philosophy and how it can change your life. It’s called PhilosoCoffee and they make fresh roasted to order coffee. ((disclaimer: I founded this 🙂 ))
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I guess you could say, that I am applying philosophy to my business model.

By adding value to my consumers by creating a think space for my audience to have a space to learn more about philosophy in which I give out for free. Although, I am no expert a philosophy, I add my personal touch to each post to make it authentic. In return, my brand will build and my audience becomes my customers.

“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” -Albert Camus

Business Ethics

Business Ethics
Business ethics reflects the philosophy of business, which tries to establish the direction of the company. Getting back to ethics, it establishes the rules and standards a company sticks with. We have seen when companies fail to follow these standards as they conduct insider trading, fraud, tax evasion, shorting stocks, and bad business standards.

Ethics helps businesses keep themselves in line. I will not cheat, I will not steal, and I will not lie. Sometimes these ethics get hazy when organizations began to grow larger and money becomes the main focus. Once giving value through a product or service goes out the door and money is the main focus, bad things are waiting.

Leadership Ethics

Leadership Ethics
By having an ethical standard when it comes to leadership will help you gain trust from your followers. How many businesses out there are scandalous and you lose trust in them? They didn’t stick to their code of ethics and therefore, you went somewhere else. In business, it is important to stick to your code of ethics if you want to be the leader in the industry.

The More You Learn, The More You Earn.

I entirely believe that education can set you free. In the end, the more you learn, the more you earn. I am not talking about instituational education, which I feel has value and a place in this world as well, but I am talking about self learning.

The one thing these current generations have that our predececers did not, is information. We have fully embraced technology and I can only imagine what my parents had to do at my age when they wanted to learn how to do something. Go to the library? rent a book? buy a manual? phone the company? Think how terrible that sounds and a waste of time. Time and effieceincy is at the root of our tools we have in the modern day.

As the new generations have it, they can skip the text and run straight into a wonderful place called www.youtube.com where you can learn almost anything. Isnt technology great?!

hree types of learning

In my opinion, there are three types of learning. These are self-learning, institutional learning, and experiential learning.

Self-learning would be picking up a book and reading it, youtube, or podcasts. Free education is out there! Affordable self-learning courses are all over the internet which includes U-Demy, youtube, Ed-X, harvard.edu, etc.

Institutional learning would be going to a classroom and being tested on a subject and getting a grade for it. This typically costs money and is the most time-consuming. This type of learning should be last on the list of self-learning. Albert Einstein says this about institutional learning, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”

Expeirence learning refers to the skills you pick up over time. You cant possibly go every day reading books on things you are not prepared for in your particualr time in life, such as children, bankruptcy, sickness, etc. The great thing about expeirence learning is that it can encompass the two above. Insitituanal learning takes patience and dedication.

“The only guarantee, ever, is that things will go wrong. The only thing we can use to mitigate this is anticipation. Because the only variable we control completely is ourselves.” — Ryan Holiday

Unlike, a self-learning course where you can stop anytime and watch Netflix, classwork has deadlines and grades.

The more you earn-

But Leader on Call, I don’t need the education to become rich. My friend, when I say, you will earn more the more you learn, I am not talking just about money.. What you’ll gain is perspective, insight, reflection, money, network, and authentication. The day we stop trying to learn, the more mistakes we start to make because you stop gaining insights from your failures.

Summary

Overall, I think its very important to adopt a philosophy of always trying to educate yourself. It is the number one thing that no one can take away from you. It is important to encourage your peers to learn with you. The more your network learns, the more you grow.

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” -Plato

5 Ways To Stretch Your Money To Start a Business in 2019

These days everyone is talking about being an entrepreneur or business owner…It plagues the social media world. I’m not saying it’s bad because sometimes you gotta fake it to you make it. Another point, entrepreneurship can be on any scale out there. You have a service or product that is sold for profit, BOOM, entrepreneur.

There are lots of reasons people want to become entrepreneur’s, either its financial freedom or you hate your boss, starting your own business can be difficult, especially if you don’t plan for it. Here are 5 ways to stretch your money to start a business in 2019.

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My 2018 In Review: How to Avoid My Blog Failures

When I started writing this blog, it was to empower others through my thoughts on business, leadership, and life.

Looking back to my first blog, I wrote about why blogs fail in 2018.

In retrospect, do I feel that I accomplished what I wanted to on this blog. I would say no. I think I didn’t post enough. I need more content. Life got in the way. That’s ok.

The main point of this blog was to learn something new and to bring others along with me. It is my failure for the return of success.

I applaud all of you if you have read my blogs and thoughts. I applaud you again if you felt like it was helpful.

This year, I accomplished so many things!

I also failed at a lot of them as well.

With the mentality goes… my failure helped my success.

Have you reflected on your 2018 year and planned ahead for next year?

Next year, I want to read more books. Open another business, travel to a new country, and go back to school.

Live on!

 

Currently listening to:

Will Smith on His 3 tips for Failure. (Motivational Video)

Will Smith knows failure.

If you don’t know who Will Smith is, you have been living under a rock and probably have never come in contact with a T.V. Will Smith has an amazing career in the entertainment business for the past 30 years.

I absolutely love when celebrities who seem like they have perfect lives come out and talk about struggle. The humility that it takes to admit to a large social following about your struggles is defining. Especially for Will Smith who is always doing it.

He says, “failure is a massive part of being able to be successful.”

Successful people fail way more often than less successful people. Taking chances and understanding the lessons from failure is such an important growth factor. Failure is like steroids for success. I challenge you to name one successful person who has made it through life without failing miserably at something.

Will Smith gives us three main points to know.

1. Failing Fast

2. Fail Often

3. Fail Forward

Have you tried failing lately?

When Life Takes You For a Ride, Ride Out.

Life has been strange for me, thus the reason, I have been MIA lately.

If you read my last couple of post, you learned that I quit my job to travel for a month.

When I came back, my hometown was hit by Hurricane Michael and the town was devasted. It put me in a weird rut by not knowing where to prioritize my thoughts and time. It was a strange time for me. I feared for my family and friends. After everything settled, I learned everyone was okay and the town is pushing forward.

Fast forward-

I have recently started a new venture ( you’ll learn about soon) and let’s say the permits and city have not been an easy task. This is something that has been in the works for several months now.

In the meantime, I have put in a ton of sweat equity in my home. I bought a new home a few months ago and we decided to fix it up. We hope to use this fix as an easy flip in the future.

While working in my yard digging holes, running fence, landscaping, etc. it is so quiet it gives me plenty of time to think about humility and gratitude.

I am so thankful to have my family and friends be alive and okay. Watching from across the country, I see my hometown get smashed to pieces. They are living a rough life right now but they are all standing tall.

I am grateful for my life and how my life has played out. I have faced many struggles in life and it always makes you think about the things you are grateful for.

To the residents of Panama City, Florida, Stand Strong.

But… Easy for me to sit here in the comfort of my home while others live in tents in the cold.

Through the hard times, prove the test worthy.

In the difficult times, what are the things you are grateful for?

 

Finding Your Side Hustle: How to Make Money Flipping Your Old Things.

Finding your side hustle can be super easy, you just need the internet. There are 1000 phone and computer applications out there that allow you to make money. The start is to find your side hustle. I have a few side hustles but the one I enjoy the most is flipping things on offerup.com. Now there are 100 apps out there like FaceBook, Mercari, CraigsList, Offer Up, Let Go, Ebay,  etc.

You just need one!

I know so many people out there that by things they don’t need, use them for a year and then throw them away or even give them away.

But you can make money from these things… even if they are used…

Continue reading “Finding Your Side Hustle: How to Make Money Flipping Your Old Things.”

5 big Reasons Autonomy is Important for Your Team

Autonomy Definition

Autonomy is defined as self-directing freedom and especially moral independence by Merriam Webster. For that, there are 5 big reasons autonomy is important for your team. 

Today, as organizations move closer to leading with leadership like guidance and further away from the dictatorial management ideology; autonomy is an important piece of that movement.

Management is often looked like the boss who is always looking over your shoulder and correcting your actions as you mess up.

On the other hand, leadership is the side of the coin and could be viewed as coaching after the action is done. To let the individual learn and decide their actions on their own and to learn from them.

FIVE BIG REASONS

1. It promotes employee growth, both internal and external.

2. It increases productivity in the workplace.

3. It allows leaders and managers to focus on the important things.

4. As employee confidence grows, employee value will increase.

5. It will increase employee retention.

In conclusion, autonomy is very important for your workers and the growth of your company.

 

Here’s what I am reading: