for the advancement of your career – which is a reward of Living with Certainty.
How do you become inspired and motivated to approach your life and career with the utmost purpose, productive action, passion, and positivity? The defining characteristics of the most successful, fulfilled, and joyous individuals — including top-flight executives, entrepreneurs, and championship team players — are about far more than the leadership style they’ve adopted or the persona they’ve assumed in order to assimilate more effectively into a particular organization and its culture. The actual qualities that make someone truly extraordinary are far more intrinsic to who they are as individuals and encompass myriad thoughtful, ingrained approaches to their life and career.
As an executive recruiter who has worked at the most senior levels of organizations for 16 years, my approach on the front-end of any search is to take a deep dive into the corporate culture one-on-one with all of the stakeholders involved – hiring managers, leaders, peers, and direct reports. And while most everyone can quite succinctly describe the culture and its impact, very few are satisfied that the current culture is what it could and should be – a healthy environment in complete support of the organization’s strategy, mission, vision, values, and goals. (As you might imagine, I am very often brought in to replace an executive who was not a “cultural fit.” Quite a few clients today are looking for executives who can initially assimilate into the existing culture without “rocking the boat,” but who can, over time, help to transition the culture to something far more positive, productive, and in alignment with organizational objectives.)
I remember so clearly that when I was a kid right through my very early twenties, I became bored so easily, and silence was impossible. Silence just made me feel like I had absolutely nothing going on. It wasn’t until December 1988 that I became aware of my spiritual life. Through stillness and meditation, affirmed by signs and synchronous events, we experience our inspired soul-view.
Lemmings are small rodents usually found in or near the Arctic. They have been associated with odd behaviors which over the years has become a myth about their propensity to commit mass suicide which is an often-used metaphor alluding to people who go along unquestioningly with widely-held opinion even when faced with possible hazardous or fatal results. Unfortunately, the reality is that throughout your life, at some point, you likely have foregone following your own path of inspiration and succumbed to pressure applied by others to follow their lead. Or, you didn’t really know what the right path for you was, so you blindly followed the pack. We spend so much time wanting to fit in and fade away, but this is just plain wrong-thinking. There should never be any focus on fitting in or how you should live relative to others. Just focus on being yourself, listening to your internal instruction system and forget how that stacks up to others. Be proud of your authenticity. Never imitate, copy or pretend to be someone or something you are not. This wastes time and energy, and removes you from the flow of your spiritual power frequency. Once you make the break from living to please others and conform to their wishes to living in alignment with your purposeful authenticity, it will make perfect sense to you and you will never allow yourself to kowtow or hide again.
Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports 4:12p.m. EST March 4, 2013
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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has made it a personal mission to fight against bullying among kids, speaking in multiple Maryland schools and even designing a t-shirt that was sold to raise money for an organization aimed to prevent bullying through education.
So when word came out that Bailey O’Neill, a 12-year-old boy from outside Philadelphia who had been in a medically induced coma since being punched in the schoolyard January 10th, died after he was taken off life support Sunday, Rice posted a very poignant note on Facebook, vowing to fight even harder to combat the problem.
Via Rice’s Facebook page:
I wrote this earlier today but waited to post until I had permission from the family. This is going to be a long post so please bear with me. A few weeks ago i shared a link to an article that a fan sent to me. It was about an 11 year old boy named Bailey who had been bullied at school. In the latest incident, Bailey was beat up on the school playground. Hit in the face and pushed to the ground, Bailey began to have severe seizures which required him to be placed into a medically induced coma.
After learning last Thursday that doctors said Bailey had no longer had any brain activity, I reached out to the family and was able to spend about 45 minutes on the phone with them. I could hear their sadness, worry, frustration and grief. They would be faced with removing their son, cousin, nephew, and best friend from life support.
Bailey passed away this morning, one day after his 12th birthday.
I don’t think I will ever be able to understand why kids bully each other and how we are all sitting here after yet another “bully death” getting ready to go through this difficult task of picking up the pieces and the even more difficult task of forgiving so we can heal.
I don’t know if we will ever get to a point where bullying is actually considered a CRIME, rather than “kids being kids” or a “playground incident.”
I don’t know if the kid that did this to Bailey will be punished severely enough or if he will receive the help I know he truly needs. Bullying doesn’t happen for no reason…we have to figure out what the underlying cause it and treat it like the illness it is.
I don’t know when parents, teachers, elected officials and administrators will sit up and take notice…and ACT.
But, I DO KNOW THIS: I will NOT give up my fight. Everyday I will continue to fight AGAINST bullying and fight FOR kindness.
Bailey – my little buddy, I will not let you become just another bully statistic…you are my inspiration and one more angel that will help me continue the fight for kids everywhere. You are going to help me save lives. RIP my little friend.