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Seth Godin again. This time passing on someone else’s writing. I got a nice thank you today from a fundraiser at a great organization in Toronto; which was interesting because we didn’t send them any funds. Instead they appreciated that I’d taken an hour recently to talk with them about how Catalyst prefers to be approached and what I’d like to experience when requests are made. Everyone who gathers resources for a meaningful purpose should read and re-read this post from Seth. Here’s a taste: How good is your idea? How important is your cause? Important enough that you’ve given up another life to lead this life. You’ve given up another job, another steady paycheck, another bigger paycheck to do this all day long, every day, for years if not for decades, to make a change in the world and to right a wrong.
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One of the e-newsletters I subscribe to if from Patrick Lencioni. As with his best selling books, these shorter pieces are always insightful. Here’s a quote from the latest: Whenever I hear someone encourage all young people to become leaders, or better yet, when I hear a young person say glibly that he or she wants to be a leader someday, I feel compelled to ask the question “why?” If the answer is “because I want to make a difference” or “I want to change the world,” I get a little skeptical and have to ask a follow-up question: “Why and in what way do you want to change the world?” If they struggle to answer that question, I discourage them from becoming a leader. It’s almost sacrilegious in many circles to even suggest that everyone is not a leader. But I totally agree with Lencioni. Selfish leadership is damaging and it is all too common, especially among those who are gifted with enormous talent and charisma but limited wisdom or perspective. I trust the remainder of the article will soon be posted here. If not, email me and I’ll copy the whole text to you.
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