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Burn the Boats

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Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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I’ve always said that the difference between history’s boldest accomplishments and its most staggering failures is often, simply, the degree of someone’s commitment.

 

It’s making the decision to go all in to achieve something important.

 

You know… jump in with both feet.

 

Go big or go home.

 

And a personal favorite: Burn the Boats.

 

I’ll explain.

 

The story goes that back in the early 1500’s the Spanish had made several expeditions from Cuba to the Yucatan and returned with fascinating tales of a very cultured Mayan society that was loaded with gold riches. As you can imagine, the gold was pretty appealing to the Spanish. So, the Spanish governor of Cuba appointed Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquistador, to lead a new expedition to the Yucatan.

 

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Want Instant Leadership Cred? Set an Example.

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In my opinion, the fastest way to begin establishing your role as a leader in the office, in your home or even in a social environment, is to take action. Be an example. A decisive, yet simple act can make a lasting impression on your colleagues and elevate your position as a genuine leader.

 

Here’s a great story that illustrates this point.

 

In 1837 Dwight Lyman Moody was born into an already large family in Northfield, Massachusetts. His father, a small farmer and stone mason, worked hard to support them but died at the age of 41 when Dwight was just four years old. Edwin Moody’s death left his wife with nine children to care for and meager resources with which to do it.

 

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One, Two, Listen.

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I stopped to visit with a young colleague the other day about a business issue. As I was speaking, this talented, energetic professional picked up his smartphone and tapped it a few times. He was checking text messages, email or maybe even a World Cup score. I don’t know. What I do know is that, it reminded me of something very important.

 

If you want to communicate to someone that their opinion matters, that you’re actually interested in what they have to say, then stop what you’re doing and focus exclusively on them.

 

This Young Turk didn’t believe he was being rude. His actions weren’t meant to imply that what I was talking about was insignificant. And I know that whatever was on his small screen wasn’t more valuable to him than the content of our discussion. But you know what? That is what his behavior was communicating.

 

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Is the Cup Half Full?

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The U.S. Men’s National Team soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann made headlines last week. It wasn’t for a signature victory by his team, for brilliant, in-game strategy, or for being ejected from the sidelines by officials for bad behavior.

 

Klinsmann seems to have made himself a household name in America by frankly stating that the men’s national team won’t win the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.

 

Coach Klinsmann, a German who played on the 1990 FIFA World Cup-winning West Germany team, and later coached the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup, made the following statement during a news conference on June 11: “I think for us now, talking about winning a World Cup is just not realistic.”

 

Just not realistic.

 

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A Few Suggestions from the Guy Who Got Bin Laden

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Naval Admiral William McRaven recently provided the commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin. McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, is credited with organizing and executing Operation Neptune Spear, the special ops raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011.

 

McRaven’s message to UT graduates consisted of “a few suggestions to help you on your way to a better world.” But the 10 lessons he learned during his time in training as a Navy SEAL are appropriate for all of us. I’ll summarize them here and include a link to his full address below:

 

1. Make your bed every morning. The wisdom of this simple act has been proven to McRaven many times. If you make your bed every morning, you’ll have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task… and another… and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. It also reinforces the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.

 

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