Whatever you’re doing this week, wherever you live in the world, it’s worth pausing for just a few minutes to reflect on the importance of July 4th. Whether you want to start a business, gain a following, or learn about leadership, you can learn powerful lessons from the birth of the United States.
Here are some quotes to inspire your reflections:
“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.” –George Patton
Billy Graham once said, “I look forward to death with great anticipation” and “My home is in heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” Today we say goodbye to the great evangelist who is now home.
Some amazing facts about Billy Graham:
He was one of the ten most admired men in the world, appearing on the list more than anyone.
Keep reading to see my personal request for help. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am for the assistance.
Learn to Ask for Help
I prefer to give—to be someone who serves. When I was a teenager, I worked in a restaurant and just felt better when I was the one pouring a drink rather than sitting there getting served. It just makes me comfortable. I’d rather host a party than attend one.
Pride can stop us from asking others. But so can humility. Pride says, “I have no need of anyone because I can do anything.” Humility says, “My needs are not worthy enough to bother anyone.”
So you can’t judge the “why” behind someone not asking.
Learning to ask for help just seems harder for some people than for others. When others ask in a polite manner for something, I’m in awe. It impresses me. I guess because it’s hard for me to do. And it’s a crucially important leadership skill.
Keep reading to the bottom and see what I’m asking.
Asking for help:
Brene Brown teaches the power of vulnerability. She says that, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
Increases our connectedness.
Nadeem Aslam writes, “Pull a thread here and you’ll find it’s attached to the rest of the world.” As I ask you to help me, I’m increasing that attachment to you and to others.
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of American football, or even of sports at all, you likely have seen various words of football wisdom appear in various business articles or business books. Coaches inspire players with words of encouragement and motivation that often have equally compelling application in corporate boardrooms as they do in team locker rooms.
As football season starts, it’s appropriate to learn from the coaches. Here are a few inspiring quotes from some of those coaches to inspire you today:
“If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.” –Lou Holtz
This weekend’s events in Virginia left me speechless.
Watching the hatred, the racism, the bigotry unfold was painful.
Though there has been much progress, there is still much work to do. We must never stop fighting for what’s right. And, though I’m at a loss for words, we cannot remain silent in the face of evil.
So, I thought to share a few quotes on racism, bigotry, and intolerance in the hopes that it would inspire us all to reflect and move forward. I still believe the best days are ahead, that Martin Luther King’s dream will indeed be a reality, and that our commonalities will prevail over our differences. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were tragically injured and killed during the shameful events in Charlottesville.
“What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.” –Albert Einstein
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” –Nelson Mandela
“Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.” –Abraham Joshua Heschel