Two of my favorite Christmas carols are O Holy Night (the Mariah Carey version) and Little Drummer Boy (the Pentatonix version.) If you pay attention to the lyrics of Little Drummer Boy, it’s the story of a young boy who feels like he has nothing to offer a king. But he does have his drum and decides to play it. And the king ends up smiling at him.
This song taught me a valuable lesson about life.
My best friend Joe’s mom (Ms. Margo) would literally kick us out of the house during the summer. She didn’t want us watching TV or playing video games all day long. Every time she did this, she would always say the same phrase. In the moment, I didn’t realize its power- especially when it comes to leadership.
This phrase is also why tacky Christmas sweater parties can have leadership significance.
Control is a myth and a liar. It makes us delusional, thinking we can control more than what is actually possible.
There is only one thing in this life you are truly in control of. And here’s a hint: it’s not the weather and it’s not other people.
The problem with giving unsolicited advice is that most of the time it’s ineffective. Think about it. When was the last time you actually put into practice advice that you didn’t ask for or an opinion you didn’t want. It’s probably been awhile.
In our latest video, I share my opinion on why we give so much advice and how to actually add value to others and help them out.
This past Spring, Tony Bennett (the coach, not the singer) led the University of Virginia Cavaliers to their first basketball national championship in the school’s history. After the season, of course, the school gave Coach Bennett a pay raise.
But he did the strangest thing when offered the raise and in doing so showed all of us the one thing that all great leaders have in common.
In my fourth and final Fantasy Football draft this year (that’s right, I’m in 4 leagues, don’t judge), I had the second pick and I thought for sure I knew who the person with the first pick was going to take.
Then the unexpected happened. With their first pick in our draft, they chose a quarterback. And that’s when I learned a valuable lesson from Fantasy Football. And it is a lesson that all of us need to learn if we are going to have success in this life.