Friday, February 15, 2013

The Chickeagle...

Once upon a time, there was a large mountainside, where an eagle’s nest rested.

The eagle’s nest contained four large eagle eggs. One day an earthquake rocked the mountain causing one of the eggs to roll down the mountain, to a chicken farm, located in the valley below.

The chickens knew that the must protect and care for the eagle’s egg, so an old hen volunteered to nurture and raise the large egg.

One day, the egg hatched and a beautiful eagle was born. Sadly, however, the eagle was raised to be a chicken. Soon, the eagle believed he was nothing more than a chicken. The eagle loved his home and family, but his spirit cried out for more. While playing a game on the farm one day, the eagle looked to the skies above and noticed a group of mighty eagles soaring in the skies. "Oh," the Eagle cried, "I wish I could soar like those birds."

The chickens roared with laughter, "You cannot soar with those birds. You are a chicken and chickens do not soar." The eagle continued staring, at his real family up above, dreaming that he could be with them. Each time the eagle would let his dreams be known, he was told it couldn’t be done.

That is what the eagle learned to believe. The eagle, after time, stopped dreaming and continued to live his life like a chicken. Finally, after a long life as a chicken, the eagle passed away.

The moral of the story:
You become what you believe you are; so if you ever dream to become an eagle follow your dreams, not the words of a chicken.
- Author Unknown

Whatever you do in life, never become a "chickeagle." The only way to excel in life is to know and be who you are created to be - you have been equipped and empowered to spread your wings & soar.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Having vs. Giving Value

There is a lot of literature and talk about adding value and being valuable - especially in the professional space.

I found 3 quotes that I'd encourage you to hold on to - as I plan to continue doing - in both professional and personal settings:

The value you add comes from the values you hold. ~ Anonymous

You are recognized for the value you add not the values you possess.
~ Bishop David Oyedepo

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. ~ Albert Einstein

In summary,

the more value you add,
the more valuable you become

and that in itself is success...

L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P - (1 of 3)

Talking some more about Leadership, you may remember that I published a series of posts 2 years ago titled: L.E.A.D.E.R (see links below). B...