Natural talent only determines where you start. It’s dedication and discipline in your life that makes you great.
Be the first to give rather than the first to take.
Earn trust and respect rather than demanding it.
Get in the game rather than watching from the sidelines.
Think for yourself rather than acting like a parrot.
Do your best rather than doing just enough to get by.
Man up rather than ducking your responsibility.
Think “we” rather than “me.”
Lead by example rather than just talking a good game.
Build people up rather than tearing them down.
Confront poor behavior rather than turning a blind eye.
Remain true to your values rather than blowing with the wind.
Pull your own weight rather than asking others to do double duty.
Run toward problems rather than away from them.
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of theLord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
- “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”
Michael John Bobak
- “You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.”
- “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.”
- “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
Leaders Leading Leaders
Once upon a time, there lived a big mango tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it every day.
He climbed to the tree top, ate the mangoes, and took a nap under the shadow… He loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him.
Time went by… The little boy grew, and he no longer played around the tree. One day, the boy came back to the tree with a sad look on his face.
“Come and play with me,” the tree asked the boy.
“I am no longer a kid, I don’t play around trees anymore.” The boy replied, “I want toys. I need money to buy them.”
“Sorry, I don’t have money… but you can pick all my mangoes and sell them so you will have money.” The boy was so excited. He picked all the mangoes on the tree and left happily. The boy didn’t come back. The tree was sad.
One day, the boy grown into a man returned. The tree was so excited.
“Come and play with me,” the tree said.
“I don’t have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me?”
“Sorry, I don’t have a house, but you can chop off my branches to build your house.”
So the man cut all the branches off the tree and left happily. The tree was glad to see him happy but the boy didn’t come back afterward. The tree was again lonely and sad.
One hot summer day, the man returned and the tree was delighted.
“Come and play with me!” The tree said.
“I am sad and getting old. I want to go sailing to relax myself. Can you give me a boat?”
“Use my trunk to build your boat. You can sail far away and be happy.”
So the man cut the tree trunk to make a boat. He went sailing and didn’t come back for a long time.
Finally, the man returned after he had been gone for so many years.
“Sorry, my boy, but I don’t have anything for you anymore. No more mangoes to give you.” The tree said.
“I don’t have teeth to bite,” the man replied.
“No more trunk for you to climb on.”
“I am too old for that now,” the man said.
“I really can’t give you anything… the only thing left is my dying roots,” the tree said with sadness.
“I don’t need much now, just a place to rest. I am tired after all these years,” the man replied.
“Good! Old tree roots are the best place to lean on and rest. Come sit down with me and rest.”
The boy sat down and the tree was glad and smiled.
The tree in the story represents our parents. When we are young, we love to play with them. When we grow up, we leave them and only come back when we need help. Parents sacrifice their lives for us