Category Archives: Lessons Learned

Inspiration: Bruce Thompson

I enjoyed watching this video because of how personable Mr. Thompson was. A few of my take-aways…

Work to live. Don’t live to work.

Set limits for yourself. Don’t make your work life your whole life, no matter how exciting it might be. Nobody can do that and sustain that lifestyle forever.

Business is fun. Make it fun. Be confident in yourself. Business is not life, it’s just a part of it. Our families, our relationships and our faith are what really matter. Those should be our priorities and the limits we set for ourselves should reflect those things as our priorities.

“It’s not about how smart you are…”

It’s about your ability to push through.¬†Always listen to the Spirit. He can and will help you gain the confidence you need to push through the hard times.¬†Do the right thing. It will pay in the end.

“It’s all about the people you work with.”

Always work WITH people. They may work for you, but if you treat them like they work with you, you’ll have happier employees. Happier employees help create successful companies.

To hear it it Mr. Thompson’s words, click here.

Make the Investment

I like this quote:

All human beings are entrepreneurs. When we were in the caves, we were all self-employed … finding our food, feeding ourselves. That’s where human history began. As civilization came, we suppressed it. We became ‘labor’ because they stamped us, ‘You are labor.’ We forgot that we are entrepreneurs.

– Muhammad Yunus

Also, as stated in “The Start-up Of You”, that doesn’t mean that we were all made to start our own companies. It means that we’re creative in nature and that we should invest in something, even if that something is simply our own interests, talents or goals.

Investing doesn’t mean using a bunch of money to get in on the ground floor of some giant enterprise. Investing simply means that we spend our time, talents and efforts on the things we consider important.

And don’t let the world dictate what those things are. Pick something you like and go with it. It doesn’t have to be popular, fun, interesting or worth while in the eyes of anyone but you.

Because it’s YOUR time. YOUR efforts. YOUR interest.

Or simply because it’s YOU.

I Get By…

A friend is someone who does something for you, whether you know them or not.

I’d never thought about friends in that context before. As I was watching the “Launching Leaders” video, it occurred to me that he wasn’t saying these people were his friends because he personally knew them. He was calling them friends because they’d done something to help him change his life and find his calling.

I now consider Jim Ritchie to be one of my friends.

Help From Friends