I have been a Simon Sinek fan for awhile, ever since his TED Talk (which I blogged about HERE.) And today during lunch, like I do everyday that I don’t have a lunch meeting, I had a Learning Lunch. I usually go to the TED Talks channel, but this time, YouTube suggested another Simon Sinek talk first.
If you only have three minutes, watch the first three minutes when he discusses his purpose in life. But if you want to hear leadership explained in a way that will be immediately implementable in your life, take the 21 minutes to watch the whole thing.
Born with the gift of gab, raised with an overdeveloped self esteem, Andy Ellwood has built a career around both the art and the science of hustle. He’s currently pushing the envelope and bringing his brand of hustle to Waze, the social GPS company making the lives of 33,000,000 drivers better everyday.
A native of Dallas, TX, he attended Texas A&M and received his degree in Corporate Finance. After achieving national recognition for his work at Northwestern Mutual, Andy spent a number of years in luxury travel sales and excelled as Vice President of Sales for Marquis Jet. Most recently, Andy led Business Development for Gowalla which was acquired by Facebook in December of 2011.
Andy lives in New York and thrives on the city that doesn’t sleep. A sought after speaker and a weekly Forbes contributor on The Art and Science of Hustle, you can also keep track of his adventures on www.andyellwood.com and on Twitter @andyellwood. Even though he doesn’t slow down much, when he does he enjoys black coffee, sporting a pocket square, seeking out breakfast tacos, and doting on his girlfriend Annie.
Gotcha! I said Screw it.
Have you ever thought, “If only I could change this,” or, “If that hadn’t happened, my life would be awesome!”? What if you did an about-face and declared your life better BECAUSE of those events? It’s a paradigm shift that can radically redefine who you are, how you impact others, and what legacy you leave behind. No pressure there, right?
I firmly believe that everything in my past— every hurt, every heartache, every bad choice— led me to this instant, where I can share with you my experiences— no matter how far south of Perfect they may be. How am I able to do this? Simple. I don’t live with regrets. I don’t ignore them, but I don’t let them in my house. Why? The past no longer dictates who I am today. Plus, they’re rude houseguests.
Nearly 16 years ago, I decided that I was no longer going to be stuck with regrets, and I certainly wasn’t going to allow myself to be screwed by them. What’s done is done, so let’s get over it and get on with it. Today I have the life I have always wanted but never thought I would have. No longer do I have to settle for mediocrity, and I no longer blame anyone or anything for my life.
The following 8 simple lessons have become the cornerstones of my life-changing revelation. (You might recognize them; they’re the Beatitudes.)
1. I’m powerless.
“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.”
2. I matter.
“Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
3. I need to give up control.
“Happy are the meek.”
4. Confess my faults.
“Happy are the pure in heart.”
5. Submit to change.
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.”
6. Forgive others and make amends.
“Happy are the merciful. Happy are the peacemakers.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”
“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.
According to Newton’s Law of Physics, a body in motion tends to stay in motion. I take that to mean that it’s a lot easier to keep doing what works rather than start over because I lacked purpose and consistency.
Are you ready to give up all hope of ever having a better past? Have you done so already?