12 riches of life

  1. A positive mental attitude
  2. Sound physical health
  3. Harmony in human relationships
  4. Freedom from fear
  5. The hope of achievement
  6. The capacity for faith
  7. Willingness to share one’s blessings
  8. A labor of love
  9. An open mind for all subjects
  10. Self-discipline
  11. The capacity to understand
  12. Economic security

High-level team players

Putting junior people in charge makes them better. It makes them understand what is going on above their pay grades and how their jobs tie into the mission.

It is one of the best possible ways to develop junior team members to become not only better at their jobs but better leaders in the future.

Teaching humility, confidence, and creating high-level team players are only some of the areas where putting people in leadership positions is helpful. Leadership is a tool that can help you help your people. Use it.

What constitutes a good egg?

Tyler Jones, owner of Afton Field Farms sheds some light on those confusing labels, as well as his tips on how to make shopping for eggs a little easier.

Local farms: “Chances are the farm is smaller and chickens are looked after more responsibly,” says Jones. It’s also worth asking your grocery store about its generic label because some stores supply their eggs from local farms.

Pasture-raised: “Pasture raised is your best bet as the chicken gets to forage and move around,” says Jones. The label means chickens have access to a pasture environment and a barn, with room to forage. However, how a farm defines “access” can vary. “If a farm is producing eggs on an extremely large scale, it’s rare that it is running hundreds of thousands of chickens out on pasture.” Some farms are spacious, some are cramped, some feed off varied plots of land, and some feed from just one.

Cage-free: At the minimum, you want to make sure the carton has this label. “Chickens raised in battery cages aren’t allowed to express any physiological movements they were intended to express and they’re stuck in a box they can’t be turned around in.” Basically, this means the chicken isn’t confined to a cage and can walk around, although it doesn’t guarantee outdoor access.

Free-range: This means the chickens are cage-free, but also have outdoor access. Similar to pasture-raised, “access” can mean a few different things. A free-range label can indicate that chickens are out on pasture the majority of their lives, or it can mean there’s a door to a pad of grass, says Jones.

Read books

Reading books doesn’t change your life in and of itself, but it opens the doorway to that change in your life. One great book can change your entire life. Books can inspire you, expand your mind, and open your eyes to what’s possible. Great books often contain years or decades of knowledge from the author.

If there’s a certain path you’re seeking, there’s a book by someone who’s walked it already. Read their stories, learn from their mistakes, and steal their knowledge.

Maybe it’s this — reading more books helps you understand that people have already figured everything out. You’re not unique. You don’t have some situation that someone hasn’t already gone through.

Credit: Mind Cafe

Great questions lead to great answers.

Ask questions about the way your life is now and what needs to be done to make it better. The answers you come up with will guide you to a better future. Ask other people about what they think you’re good at. Ask people who are living the type of life you want to live how they got where they are.

A great life isn’t just going to fall into your lap. You need to seek it out. Ask and you shall receive.

Credit: Mind Cafe

Subtle mentorship.

The same thing goes for mentoring. If you looking to mentor someone, be subtle about it. Many people might say they want to be mentored but have a hard time when someone actually steps up to do it. Because let’s face it, there is an implicit message when you offer to mentor someone – you are implying not only that the other person is lacking in some areas but also that you are better than they are! That can really bother people, especially if they have big egos. Unfortunately, the people with the biggest egos are usually the ones who need the most mentorship.

So instead of outright telling someone you are going to mentor them, be subtler:

  • Instead of, “I’ll tell you how we are going to execute,” try, “How do you think we should execute?”
  • Instead of , “let me coach you how to do that,” try, “Can you explain why you do it that way?”
  • Instead of, “I will mentor you,” try, “I would love to compare how you do things to how I do them.”

The latter options of these statements are indirect approaches. What they are really doing is starting a conversation, opening the door to discussion, and disarming any defenses that might be activated by a direct approach.

Ref: Leadership, Strategy and Tactics, Jocko Willink

Listen.

As human beings, we have a strong tedency to get defensive. Don’t. Instead of getting defensive, listen, truly listen, and try to understand the perspective being offered. Then take ownership of those shortfalls and try to make improvements in the ares of critique you have received.