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  • Working for a Bigger Purpose

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    The Seed

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    Working for a Bigger Purpose

    What if work wasn’t just work? What if work was a vehicle to live and share a bigger purpose?

    I believe there’s flawed perception in our society that in order to live a life of purpose we have to leave our jobs and go solve world hunger, feed the homeless, move to Africa or start a charity.

    While these are all noble causes and many are called to do these very things, for many of us our bigger purpose can be found in the here and now, in the jobs we have, right under our noses. And when we find and live this purpose it will provide the ultimate fuel for a meaningful life.

    You may not build libraries around the world but you can find the bigger purpose in reading to your children. You may not feed the homeless every day but you can nourish your employees and customers with a smile, kind word and care. And while you may not start your own non-profit organization you can begin a charity initiative at work. After all, "charity" means "love in action." You can make a difference every day and touch the lives of everyone you meet.

    While these people may not be starving because of a lack of food, you can provide them with a different kind of nourishment that will feed their souls and feed your own in the process.

    I heard of a janitor who worked at NASA and even though he was sweeping floors he felt his bigger purpose was contributing to put a man on the moon.

    I met a bus driver who knows his purpose is to help kids stay off drugs.

    I met an administrative assistant who has become the Chief Energy Officer of her company.

    I received an email from a man in the mortgage business who sees his job as a way to help couples save their marriages by keeping their homes.

    I know a Popeye's Chicken employee named Edith in the Atlanta Airport who makes thousands of air traveler's smile each day. The list goes on...

    Ordinary people with an extra-ordinary purpose.

    In any job our purpose waits for us to find it and live it.

    I can't tell you what your purpose should be but I can tell you that every one of us can find a bigger purpose in the job we have.

    I can tell you that every job, no matter how glorious or boring it may seem, will get mundane if we let it.

    Purpose keeps it fresh and when we are filled with purpose, we tap into an endless supply of energy.

    Don't wait until you go to Africa to start living with a mission. Don't wait until the weekend to feed people who are hungry. Bring your mission to work, start working for a bigger purpose and nourish others in the process.

    Share your thoughts about working for a bigger purpose on our blog or Facebook page. 

    -Jon

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    The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work

    The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and WorkNew from Jon Gordon, the international and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Energy Bus, The Seed takes you on an enlightening and life changing quest to find passion, purpose and happiness in your life and work.

     

    Meet Josh, an up and comer in his company, who has lost his passion at work. Challenged by his boss to take two weeks and decide if he really wants to work there, Josh takes off for the country, where he meets a wise farmer who gives him a seed and a promise: find the right place to plant the seed, and his purpose will be revealed.

    As Josh travels the country to find where to plant his seed, you’ll discover surprising new sources of wisdom and encouragement in your own work and life.

    If you are searching for your purpose and are ready to leave your mark on the world then plant this Seed of inspiration in your life!

     

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  • WINNING WITH RELATIONSHIPS

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    A recipe for success for anyone in any position, Soup delivers the powerful message that the quality of your career, business, and team is determined by the quality of your relationships. People are hungry for positive change and a fresh sense of purpose and passion. If you are ready to stir the pot and lead by example, Soup is a fun and engaging story that supplies you with the tools you need to build a winning team—at work, school, or home.

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    WINNING WITH RELATIONSHIPS

    In a world where online friends can be added or dropped with a click, real friends and real relationships are more important than ever.

    I would even venture to say that the quality of your life and work is determined by the quality of your relationships.

    I know I'm not saying anything new. We all know relationships are important. Yet when I ask audiences, “Who needs to invest more in their relationships,” most people raise their hand.

    That's why one of the most important questions you can ask yourself is: What can I do today to strengthen my relationships at work and home?

    In my book Soup I wrote about the importance of creating engaged relationships that are interactive, meaningful, rewarding and essential for winning teams and families.

    Creating engaged relationships starts with great communication. Too many relationships and teams fall apart because of poor communication. Great communication builds the trust that every relationship needs to thrive.

    Trust is then enhanced when people know you care about them and you are looking out for their interest as much as your own. The minute someone thinks you are out for yourself rather than them, their internal alarm goes off, trust waivers and the relationship deteriorates.

    In many work environments trust is weak because people work in isolated areas, team members know very little about each other and relationships have never been fostered. People don't look out for one another because they don't really know one another.

    You see, trust not only strengthens relationships but relationships help build trust.

    Relationships and trust can be strengthened simply by spending quality time together.

    I've seen this in my own relationships after writing Soup and realizing I needed to spend more quality time with my wife and kids. Helping my wife do laundry helps too :)

    I've also heard amazing stories of companies and schools that, after reading Soup, started eating soup together once a week/month and developed stronger relationships and better teamwork in the process. Just by eating and talking together teamwork has improved dramatically.

    It’s simple, really. Communication, trust and engaged relationships generate the commitment that fosters great teamwork and leads to enhanced performance and results.

    Creating engaged and winning relationships take more time and effort but the payoff is priceless.

    So my question to you is what will you do today to strengthen your relationships and build a winning team/family? Share your thoughts on our blog or Facebook page.

    -Jon

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    TODAY WE ARE RICH

    Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence

    Tim SandersTim Sanders just released a new book that I’d encourage you to pick up. It's called Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence.

    It’s a book about rediscovering the classic principles of confident living that some of the most successful and joyful people we know live by. If you care about creating the life and business that you want and learning how to do it, this book is for you.

    You can download a special “Feed Your Mind Good Stuff" chapter excerpt from the book that includes a customized forward from our friends at GiANT Impact.

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  • FAILING FORWARD

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    FAILING FORWARD

    Like most people I have failed more times than I care to remember. I’ve struck out playing baseball, I’ve failed to win the client, I’ve lost the big opportunity at work, I’ve had to close two of my restaurants, I lost my race for city council of Atlanta when I was 26, I was fired once, I was once a month away from bankruptcy, I was initially rejected by over 100 publishers, I’ve made mistakes as a parent and boss and the list goes on and on and on.

    Yet, when I look back I realize that every failure has moved me forward. Every failure taught me a lesson and made me stronger, wiser and better. I failed many times but I failed forward (I first heard this term from John Maxwell).

    Failing to win a client taught me what not to do so I could start winning more business. Shutting-down restaurants taught me to be smarter about picking the right locations. Losing the race for city council led to me leaving Atlanta, moving to the beach in Florida and doing the work I do now.

    I’ve realized that sometimes we have to lose a goal to find our destiny. Sometimes we have to fail to move forward.

    I know some of you might be saying, “Well that’s you Jon. You’re just lucky. It doesn’t work that way in my life. You have no idea what failure has done to me.” I hear these comments often and I always respectively disagree.

    I believe there are two kinds of people in the world. Those who fail and those who fail forward. We all fail but what we do with our failures is our choice. At any moment we can stop being someone who fails and become someone who fails forward.

    Through each challenge and failure we must stay hopeful and know that failure always leads to a better future if we have an attitude of faith, are open to the possibilities and trust that new and exciting opportunities are coming our way. We have to look at failure not as a dead end but rather as a detour to a better outcome than we could have ever imagined.

    If you are experiencing a failure right now at work or home please know you are not alone. If you haven’t failed, you haven’t lived. It’s time to ask what you can learn from your failure. What is it teaching you about yourself and your team?

    Don't be afraid to fail, just make the choice to fail forward. Use it to learn, grow and become the you who you were meant to be.

    How will you fail forward? Join the conversation and share your thoughts at our blog orFacebook page.

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    THE ROWERS' CODE

    How to Pull Together as a Team and Win!

    Rowers CodePower up your workgroup using The Rowers' Code, a Business Parable about How To Pull Together as a Team and Win!

    The Rowers' Code presents a simple, actionable set of truths about teamwork and communication that can be applied to every workplace scenario to supercharge performance. For more information go towww.rowerscode.com.

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  • BLACK BAGS AND STANDING OUT

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    BLACK BAGS AND STANDING OUT

    As I stood outside in a puddle of slush and snow a few weeks ago at Chicago's O’Hare airport looking for my carry-on luggage, two questions filled my mind.

    First I wondered why one of the busiest airports in the world would make passengers deplane outside during a snow storm. You would think the airport would be prepared for snowy weather and would have ways for passengers to deplane into the terminal instead of outside it. : )

    I also wondered, as I saw people struggle to find their black carry-on bag in a cart filled with black carry-on bags, why so many travelers buy a black bag.

    After all, they have a choice. Go to any luggage store and you'll see green bags, red bags, yellow bags, blue bags and even pink bags and yet most choose black.

    They have an opportunity to buy a color that stands out and yet they don't. They conform. So when it comes time to find their bag it’s not easy to distinguish their bag from others.

    It’s the same way in business and life. We have a choice. We can stand out in traffic or we can choose to conform and be like everyone else.

    If you don't stand out and simply conform, when customers are given a choice they won't be able to differentiate you from the competition. You’ll be like a black bag in a pile of black bags.

    People and organizations and brands that stand out in traffic are the ones that thrive. They are easy to find and everyone knows there’s something different about them.

    Can the same be said for you? Do you stand out at work? Do you stand out to your customers? Do you stand out to your team?

    How do you stand out? Share your thoughts on our blog or Facebook page?

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  • 5 TIPS TO DEVELOP POSITIVE KIDS

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    As someone who studies and teaches leadership and who is also a parent of two children, ages 12 and 10, I often notice the similarities between leadership and parenting. I guess that’s why I hear from a lot of people who tell me that they not only gave my books to their colleagues and clients but also to their family and children as well. There is no better feeling in the world than hearing from a 9 year old or a teenager that has read Training Camp or The Shark and The Goldfish and has benefited from it. This inspired me to write a recent article for a parenting magazine and I wanted to share it with you as well. 

     

    5 TIPS TO DEVELOP POSITIVE KIDS

     

    Positive KidsI have a confession. Despite the fact that I work to develop positive leaders, schools and teams, I’m not naturally a positive person. The research says it’s not my fault. Turns out some people are born with a more positive disposition while others are born with more of a negative disposition. But there is hope. The latest research in neuroscience and positive psychology demonstrates that we can mold our brains and ourselves to be more positive, which is great news for me and my children.

    For the past ten years I’ve researched and practiced countless strategies to enhance positivity. I’ve worked really hard at becoming more positive which I guess is why I’ve become a good teacher. I’ve seen the fruits of these efforts in my life and in the people I’ve taught—most importantly my own children. I’ve seen how simple strategies and daily rituals can make a tremendous impact on their mindset, belief system and outlook on life.

    I believe that positive kids become positive adults and as parents we can play a significant role in shaping our children’s perspective and mindset. In this spirit I want to share with you several tips to develop positive kids.

    1. Success of the Day - Each night before bed, at dinner or while taking an after dinner walk ask your children their success of the day. The success could be a great conversation, an accomplishment at school, something they are proud of, a situation where they helped someone, etc. The important thing is to help them focus on accomplishments instead of failures. When we help our children expect success, look for success, and celebrate success they find more success and gain more confidence. Of course they need to learn from their mistakes and failures, but let’s help them to not dwell on them.

    2. Bedtime Prayer - A ritual such as this provides your children with a foundation of peace, security, and confidence that gives them the strength to take on the daily challenges of being a child.

    3. Implement the No Complaining Rule - It’s a simple rule that says you’re not allowed to complain unless you identify one or two possible solutions to your complaint. This empowers children to become a driver of their bus instead of being a passenger griping on the bus. They also learn to use complaints as a catalyst for positive change and positive action. Visitwww.NoComplainingRule.com

    4. Teach them the Positive Shark Formula, E + P = 0 - This is from my latest book, The Shark and The Goldfish, which is a story about a nice and positive shark who teaches Gordy the goldfish how to overcome his fear of change and find food. After all, Goldfish wait to be fed. Sharks go find food. The formula reveals that we can’t control the (E) Events in our life. But we can control our (P) Positive Response to these events and our response determines the (O)outcome. This formula helps children develop a strong locus of control which is a perspective that through their beliefs and actions they have an influence on their life. They come to believe that they are not a victim of circumstance but rather a hero in their own inspirational tale and that they can turn their challenges into opportunities and transform bad events into good outcomes. This helps them stay optimistic and believe that their best days are ahead of them, not behind them.

    5. Feel Blessed instead of Stressed - As parents we need to realize that children, like adults, deal with a lot of stress...and stress is the enemy of positivity. Well, the great news is that when you are feeling blessed you can’t be stressed. The research says we can’t be stressed and thankful at the same time. Thus, a simple ritual is to help your children identify 3 things they are thankful for each day. You can create a gratitude journal together or you can encourage them to write these blessings on their blog, diary or simply talk about them at dinner. And anytime they are feeling stressed you can encourage them to recall something they are thankful for.

    I encourage you to think of your child’s mind like a garden. Each day you want to help them weed their negative thoughts and plant positive thoughts. One day of weeding and planting won’t do much. However if you practice these strategies each day, over a week, a month, a year, a lifetime, the garden grows more healthy and vibrant. Nurture your child. Take time to coach them and nourish them with lots of love and positive energy and you shall see the fruits of your efforts.

    Do you have any favorite strategies or rituals to develop positive kids? 
    Share your thoughts on our blog or Facebook page.

    Stay Positive,

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    DEVELOP POSITIVE SCHOOLS,

    TEACHERS & STUDENTS

    Positive SchoolVisit www.PositiveSchool.com, an educational initiative of The Jon Gordon Companies to learn how to empower school leaders to create positive school environments where teachers and students perform at their highest potential.

    Educators, we now have a Positive School Facebook page where you can share and learn best practices and experiences implementing The Energy Bus and Jon’s other books in your school.

 
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