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The New Me

May 4, 2011
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Photo by Asif Akbar

I did something yesterday that I’ve never done before.  I bought two tickets to a leadership training event.  Before yesterday, I’d always talked about doing it.  I’d always said, “this sounds interesting. I should go.”  But what would happen after that is that I would forget about it or more likely rationalize why I didn’t have the time or money to do it.  I’d also tell myself that the event really couldn’t teach me something I didn’t already know or read in a book.

In the past I’ve gone to a few free events, but you get what you pay for and usually a sales pitch at the end.  And even though this is a videocast of the live event in Atlanta, it felt like the right thing to do.

Recently, I’ve realized that I’ve desperately needed to make some changes in my life.  I’ve always been a high achiever in my mind.  Now it is time for me to be a high achiever in reality.  That’s not to say that I haven’t achieved a lot, but I desire more.  I desire to be more fully the person I believe I was created to be.  I not only need to do that for myself, but I need to do it for my wife and kids.  I need to do it because it’s the right thing to do.  I need to fully create the art I’m capable of creating and that means stepping up my game.

When I heard about the Chick-fil-A Leadercast event, I decided that this was something that could help me take that next step in my life.  But here’s the difference between the old me and the new me, and I’ll put it in the form of a riddle I heard a long time ago.

Question:  There are five birds sitting on a telephone wire.  Four decide to fly away. How many birds are left on the wire?

Answer: Five.  Because deciding to do something and doing it are two different things.

So this time I went one step further.  I spent $150 for two tickets for my wife and me.  What’s the worst that could happen?  If the event is a complete waste of time, I’m out a day of work and $150.  And if that is the case, then I will still have had eight hours of time shared with my wife.  On the other hand, the upside is big.  I will have access to some great minds such as Seth Godin, Sir Ken Robinson, Dan Cathy, John Maxwell, and Muhtar Kent (if you don’t know those names, look them up) as well as a Chick-fil-A box lunch.  Also, I will have more tools to become a better leader and “become the person I was born to be” as Hugh MacLeod wrote in one of his recent cartoons.

Check back here after this Friday (May 6, 2011) and I’ll post some of my thoughts and notes from the event.  And if you attend the Leadercast, send me a note with some of your thoughts.  Also, you can check my twitter feed (@jackodile) on Friday and I’ll share a few live comments from the event.

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