I was so looking forward to Brene Brown’s new book Dare to Lead I preordered two copies, my friend Steph is very happy I did, she’s a big Brene fan too so I gifted her the second copy. The complete title is Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts: Get It Here. I love Joseph Campbells quote about what is the cave I fear to enter and was going to write on that but there are not a lot of relevant quotes on Google Images, just 100 versions of one quote so I moved onto The Power and Wisdom to Serve Others.
Brene writes that “Joseph Campbell’s lesson was that when you find the courage to enter that cave, you’ve never going in to secure your own treasure or your own wealth; you face your fears to find the power and wisdom to serve others.”
My mother Edna was one of the greatest givers I have had the honour to know, she was a Brown Owl, think Brownies and Girl Guides and an elder at her church for many years and she passed this love of volunteerism onto her children. I remember when my friend introduced me to one of the team leaders at CERES environmental park the following way “Hold onto him, he is the worlds greatest volunteer” a little over the top, but you get the gist. Let’s look at the words society has used to honour those who give:
1. Steve Maraboli was selected by Inc. Magazine as a “Top Leader to Follow” while dubbing him as, “The Most Quoted Man Alive” (2016).
From the Pope to the Dalai Lama, to Grammy Winners, to World Champions, to Oscar Winners, to Presidents and Prime Ministers… Steve’s life-changing words are shared and published throughout the world by media, global leaders, athletes, celebrities, and individuals across a wide range of platforms.
Google Facts has Steve Maraboli referenced or quoted in over 3,000 books in their database.
2. This is what I battle with on a daily basis, my penchant to intellectualism versus living life from my heart: In My Life.
3. It’s called giving, not expecting.
4. I saw an American Economics professor lecture the other day on why his country had lost its way because it had forgotten this: Rise Up.
5. From little things, big things grow.
6. He led the movement that freed the second most populous country by following this credo: Let It Start With Me.
7.Karma: The totality of a person’s actions and conduct during successive incarnations, regarded as causally influencing his or her destiny.
8. Leave behind a legacy, not pictures of you on a wall: Happiness is Helping Others.
9. Are you behind with your rent?
10. Well said, Dave: Walking on Sunshine.
11. I feel the happiest when I am achieving these other things in my life.
12. A controversial character, Mother Teresa confronted people about the former to the point where quite a few became pissed off with her: Truly, Madly, Deeply.
13. Do you sleep well at night knowing this?
14. Ashes to Ashes, dust to dust. That’s us, but through your actions, you can live on in others: Celebrity Eminem Covers.
15. Without a good nights sleep, the takers’ health suffers, it doesn’t matter what quality their food is.
Brene finishes the chapter with the following line: Daring Leadership is ultimately about serving other people, not ourselves. That’s why we choose courage, A Ho!!
As you would expect with writing about serving others, today’s playlist is quite uplifting. It begins with the Musical Le Miz, then Andra Day and No Other Name. Be Motivated by a Motivational track then ride the Waves with Katrina. The penultimate track is Savage Garden and we finish with celebs covering Eminem songs: What if Life is not a Gamble.
Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included until next time, my dear friends.