I know I cannot teach anything new to you. I can only remind you of what you know and are not doing. Knowing and not doing is not knowing. The glory goes to those in the trenches applying what they know to become unconsciously competent in their fields of endeavors.
1. Be competent. Make your competence greater than your ego. Go from unconsciously incompetent to consciously incompetent to consciously competent to unconsciously competent.
2. Be a catalyst. Catalysts make things happen. Catalysts create reactions using their words. Boy do we need catalysts today! Most catalysts have expired. We all have a shelf life; don’t lose your potency.
3. Feel it. If you want to add passion to your life then sharpen your feelings. Become alive by pumping fun into all that you do. We all need to learn to have more fun.
4. Do the difficult. Get good at doing things others can’t do and you will have the things others won’t have. Learn how to turn rejection into positive energy.
5. Discover ability. Man’s greatest ability is the ability to discover ability in others. Help others turn up the flame inside them. Inspiration will do it! It is a lot easier to fix ignorant than stupid.
6. Be purposeful. It is far nobler to die living your purpose than sitting on a pension. Question what kind of life you will have by relying on a small fixed pension in a high inflation environment. Mind the wolf and befriend the sheep dog.
7. Look like a fool. When we do the uncommon things others will look at us and think we are fools by not complying with the sheep’s society we live in today. What a great fool Sam Walton was? Sam was a sheep dog and not wolf. Imagine what we would be paying for stuff if Sam had not looked like a fool at first.
Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)