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Brad and I became friends a couple years ago through our mutual friend Jeff Shinabarger. (I’m starting to think Shinabarger is the Kevin Bacon game of my life.) I am very impressed by Brad’s work ethic and his ability to lead people well.
But I have to be honest, while everything in his bio looks great on a resume, my respect for Brad grew immensely at one of the Catalyst events when “All Business Brad” got up on stage and BEAT BOXED! And, since the best way to watch beat boxing is in the form of a bootleg video, I thought I would share this… (Please don’t kill me, Brad!)
So while I get pumped over humans that sound like synthesizers, most of you will probably be more excited about—and benefit from—Brad’s leadership, wisdom, and insight. I asked him to share some of his own “lightbulb” moments from early on in his career. Professionally and relationally, his straight-to-the-point insights should trigger thoughts about your current approach.
But mostly, thanks for beat boxing, Brad! You really need to expand that side of your resume.
1. Use your 20’s to build a foundation for your 70’s. Create deep roots that will give you a foundation for when you are older. Finishing well means starting well.
2. Don’t worry about climbing the ladder. There’s no longer a ladder anyway. It’s more like one of those spiral staircases. And sometimes you are going across or down when you think you might be climbing. So don’t worry about it. Spend your 20’s learning and having life experiences. Travel, explore the world, take on projects that seem fun.
3. If your “career” path doesn’t make sense to anyone except for you, it’s okay. My 20’s: college at University of Oklahoma, wrangler on a guest ranch in Colorado, management consultant, business development officer, Magazine and media company, strategic business plan developer. WOW. That is all over the map. But God was orchestrating steps very clearly for what was next in my story. And continues to do so.
4. Be diligent and aggressive in developing your friendships and relationships. Create a core group of close friends who you want to do life with. This group may change a bit over the years, but it is imperative to find a circle of trust that you are committed to and they to you. Also, cast your net wide in terms of new relationships. Be intentional with serving others and make it your goal while in your 20’s to develop an “others first” mentality and model.
5. Figure out who you want to be, not what you want to do.Who you are is more important that what you do or where you live. Spiritually, financially, family, emotionally, relationally. Find two or three older, wise “sages” that you can learn from and count on as help.
What are some Illuminating lessons you learned while in your twenties or are learning right now?
Which of Brad’s lessons do you find most helpful?
We’re giving away 10 free copies of Brad’s new, awesome book,
The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker.
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