Doug Smith LiveDoug Smith Live http://dougsmithlive.com Learn. Launch. Lead. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:57:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Episode #68: Lisa Slayton on Leadership http://dougsmithlive.com/episode68/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode68/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:46:43 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15848 This episode comes from our breakfast series. In this message, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation President, Lisa Slayton, shares what she believes to be the most important leadership lesson for the next generation. Episode #68: Lisa Slayton Lisa’s Bio: Lisa brings a diverse set of experiences to the leadership of SL/ PLF. Over 20 years of experience in the […]

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In this episode, Lisa shares what she believes the be the most important leadership lesson for the next generation.

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This episode comes from our breakfast series. In this message, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation President, Lisa Slayton, shares what she believes to be the most important leadership lesson for the next generation.

Episode #68: Lisa Slayton
Episode #68-Lisa Slayton

Lisa’s Bio: Lisa brings a diverse set of experiences to the leadership of SL/ PLF. Over 20 years of experience in the marketplace in sales and marketing and senior management roles as well as ministry leadership experience marries a unique set of capabilities to serve in her current role. Having both strong strategic and integrating capabilities as well as design and connecting strengths allows her to serve the organization on a number of fronts.

Lisa develops and implements all strategic initiatives and gives operational oversight for the organization. Additionally, Lisa provides executive leadership for business development and donor relationships and evaluates and develops new initiatives and partnerships that advance the mission and vision of SL/ PLF.

Since joining Serving Leaders in 2005, Lisa has designed and launched the Leaders Collaborative and delivered organizational development, training and coaching services to Bombardier TTS, NetHealth, CTR Systems, Akina, Prominent, ABC Anesthesia and WabTec. Previous business experience includes Marketing Director for PG Training and Consulting, Business Analyst and Information Systems manager for Kaufmanns Department Store, Account Manager and Executive for Byer California, Buyer and merchant for Charming Shoppes and the Denver Dry Goods.

Additionally Lisa has served as volunteer women’s ministry director and as a Board Elder at NewCommunity Church in Wexford PA.  Lisa is married to Roger for 31 years and has one son, Zachary.

Mount Holyoke College, Anthropology 1981, Bakke Graduate University, MA in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship 2011.

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Stop Undervaluing the Influence You Have! http://dougsmithlive.com/the-influence-you-have/ http://dougsmithlive.com/the-influence-you-have/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:30:55 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15838 A few weeks ago, I watched this video by Gary Vaynerchuk and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since. Please take a few minutes to watch it. One is better than zero. #BOOM! I’ve learned this over the last ten years: Too often, we overestimate who we could reach and […]

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Learn the importance of valuing the influence you already have.

A few weeks ago, I watched this video by Gary Vaynerchuk and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since. Please take a few minutes to watch it.

One is better than zero. #BOOM!

I’ve learned this over the last ten years: Too often, we overestimate who we could reach and underestimate who we are currently reaching. 

Too often, we overestimate who we could reach and underestimate who we are currently reaching.
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My challenge to you today (and to myself) is to start valuing the difference we are making instead of the difference we could be making. The reality is we are all making a much bigger difference than we think we are. Let’s start acting like it.

  • If you’re a Pastor, you may not have hundreds or thousands attending your services on a weekend, but are you valuing the people who are attending?
  • If you’re an owner of a business, you may not have hundreds of customers, but are you valuing your current customers?
  • If you’re a mentor, you may not be mentoring ten or twenty people, but are you valuing the one or two people you are mentoring?
  • If you’re a podcaster, you may not be getting thousands of listens a day, but are you valuing the people who are listening?
  • If you’re a blogger, you may not be getting thousands of views a day, but are you valuing the readers you are getting?

The bottom line is this: The Bible is clear that if we are faithful with with what we have, God will give us more to be faithful with. However, if we’re not faithful with what we have, we will not be given more to be faithful with. Be faithful with and value what you have now! It’s the only way to get more.

Question: Are you being faithful with the influence you have been given or are you wishing for influence you don’t have yet?

Thoughts? Comment below!

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Episode #67: I’m 30 and Thriving (Part 1) [Podcast] http://dougsmithlive.com/episode67/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode67/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:00:42 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15831 I recently turned 30 years old and spent some time reflecting on how I used the last decade of my life. In this episode, I share the top lessons I’ve learned in my twenties. I hope it adds value to your life. Episode #67: I’m 30 and Thriving (Part 1) Links Talked about in this […]

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The Top Lessons I learned in My Twenties

I recently turned 30 years old and spent some time reflecting on how I used the last decade of my life. In this episode, I share the top lessons I’ve learned in my twenties. I hope it adds value to your life.

Episode #67: I’m 30 and Thriving (Part 1)

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I’m 30 and Thriving: Making the Most of Your Twenties: 

1.) Decide to Follow God

2 Corinthians 5:17 – 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Malachi 3:18 – 18 Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

If we lose God in the world, then we lose access to meaning, purpose, responsibility, and accountability! – VOV

God can write a better story for your life than you can, but you have to let Him write it!

Practical: Get saved, get in a good church, start serving! You’ll be on your way!

2.) Learn that Life is Short

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” -Mae West

Psalm 90:12 – Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.

First look, Last Look Principle: Everything and everyone I experience, I want to experience it like it’s the first time, and leave it like it will be the last time!

This is the only time in history when I get to fight for God. This is the only part of my eternal story when I am actually in the battle. -Bill Hybels

“People will summarize your life in one sentence, pick it now” John Maxwell

3.) Deal with Your Past

When you mess up: Admit it, Quit It, Forget It!

“Yesterday ended last night.” -Zig Ziglar

“Although you cannot go back and have a brand new start my friend, anyone cans tart from now and have a brand new end!” -John Maxwell

You may have done what they say you did, but that doesn’t mean that is who you say you are!

4.) Choose the Right Friends

“The difference between who you are now and who you’ll be in 5 years is the books you read and the people you associate with.”  -Earl Nightingale

Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future!

“Friends love you the way you are, but true friends love you enough to not let you stay where you are.” -Justin Fraiser

5.) Develop a Plan for Personal Growth: 
“If you’re gifted and talented, you’ll be in the top 50%, if you’re talented and do something, you’ll be in the top 10%, but if you’re gifted and do EVERYTHING, you’ll be in the top 1%!” -John Maxwell

‘Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself, when you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” -Jack Welch

6.) Get as many Mentors in your life as you can!

“You need mothering and fathering in order to reach maturity. It does not have to come from biological parents….and often doesn’t. Find it!” -Henry Cloud

7.) Dream Big and go for it! 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

Don’t get jealous of other people, be inspired! IF they can do it, you can do it! – Success leaves tracks!

“Your playing small dos not serve the world, who are you not to be great?” –Mendela

God doesn’t give you dreams and ideas to screw with you!

Two kinds of people: People that go for it regardless of the opportunity and people that wait their whole lives for the perfect opportunity!

Jim Rohn once said, “The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.”

8) Be Faithful

Faithfulness – Be an all star where you’re at

Be Patient:  The biggest enemy of small steps to big results is our craving for having it all now!

“Vision doesn’t mean you’ll see it soon. A call is not the same thing as developed. Your 20’s isn’t about fruit -John Nuzzo

Gerald Brooks, “So many people want to see if God can be trusted, when in reality, God is seeing if you can be trusted.”

If you want to be a hero, do what God wants you to do

9.) Recognize the Potential of Today

Today Matters – We over-exaggerate yesterday, we overestimate tomorrow, and we underestimate today!

Books: The Slight Edge – Success is a result of doing little things everyday that are easy to do and not easy to do.

I hope you enjoyed this first part of making the most of your twenties! Next month, you’ll hear part two in which you’ll hear more lessons I learned.

I’m curious, what lessons have you learned over the last decade of your life? Share them by commenting on this post. Do you agree with the lessons I have in part one? Disagree? What lessons would you add?

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Are You Dreaming too Small? http://dougsmithlive.com/dreaming-too-small/ http://dougsmithlive.com/dreaming-too-small/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:31:15 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15823 Last week, I attended the Global Leadership Summit. My favorite session was Craig Groeschel’s talk. During his talk, he shared a story about a mentor he had in his life when he was just starting out in ministry. His mentor was in his seventies. Craig was talking to him about the possibility of going to […]

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A Challenge to Dream Bigger

Last week, I attended the Global Leadership Summit. My favorite session was Craig Groeschel’s talk. During his talk, he shared a story about a mentor he had in his life when he was just starting out in ministry. His mentor was in his seventies. Craig was talking to him about the possibility of going to more services to meet the needs of his growing congregation. At the time, he never heard of a church doing as many services as they were going to do.

His mentor looked at him and said, “That’s the problem with young leaders, you all dream too small.” His mentor went on to challenge him to think about what it would be like to have twice as many services and have multiple locations for church. That conversation changed everything for Craig and his church. His church now has a ton of services every week at locations all over the US.

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Not dreaming big enough! That is an area that I have been thinking a lot about lately. I recently heard someone quote Eric Schmidt, the founder of Google, saying, “99.9% of people are the planet are not working on something that has the ability to change the world.”

I spend a lot of time with leaders in their 50’s and 60’s. Many of them are living out the dreams they dreamed when they were in their twenties and thirties. I am realizing is that in twenty years, I will be in my 50’s. I don’t want to look back at this season of my life and think that I could have dreamed bigger or pursued more. I want to go all in now!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

—-H JACKSON BROWN JR.

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My prayer lately has been, “God, give me dreams that will change the world for you. Give me dreams that can only be accomplished through you. I don’t want to just dream about things and do things that I am capable of doing. Help me to pursue the dreams you have for me.”

A few quotes that have been inspiring me in this area are:

Mark Batterson said, “GOOD IDEAS are good, but it’s GOD IDEAS that change the course of history.” 

Ephesians 3:20 says, “20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” 

Mae West said, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” 

I believe our greatest dreams will be the ones God births in our hearts. I believe our greatest life will be the one God has planned for us.  I believe our lives will only be truly fulfilling when we’re pursuing the dreams God puts in our hearts.

I want to encourage you to spend some time dreaming with God. Don’t settle for small, mediocre dreams that you can come up with on your own.

Let’s all take the time to hear from God and dream the dreams He has for us. For us to be dreaming anything else, would be dreaming too small.

Questions to ask yourself: 

  • What are you dreaming about?
  • Are you dreaming too small? 
  • What is the biggest dream you are dreaming right now?
  • If you lived out your biggest dream, what would your life look like in twenty years? 
  • Twenty years from now, what do you want to have accomplished? 
  • What dreams do you believe God has put in your heart?
  • Are you pursuing them?

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Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit Day 2 Recap http://dougsmithlive.com/leadership-summit-day-2/ http://dougsmithlive.com/leadership-summit-day-2/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:42:54 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15811 Last week I had the privilege of attending the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit Simulcast at Orchard Hill Church in Pittsburgh. I always like to share my key takeaways from conferences within 24 hours of learning them so that I can have a higher chance of retaining them and hopefully they can help someone. […]

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My Takeaways from Day 2 of the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit Simulcast at Orchard Hill Church in Pittsburgh. I always like to share my key takeaways from conferences within 24 hours of learning them so that I can have a higher chance of retaining them and hopefully they can help someone. Here are my takeaways from Day 2:
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Session 1: Horst Schulze 

  • Go to work to be excellent
  • Being excellent is caring
  • Great Businesses:
    • Keep the customer
    • Get new customers
    • Get as much money as you can from them without losing them
    • Work on efficiencies
  • Customers want 3 things:
    • The product to be defect free
    • Timeliness – be on time
    • People that give you the product to be nice to them
  • Service starts the moment you make contact
  • Service is your product
  • Do you have a bad workforce? You’re the dummy who hired them!
  • We don’t hire, we select
  • No one can claim superiority over another human being
  • Leaders forfeit the right to make an excuse
  • Is the destination beneficial for all concerned? Measure: Would God approve? If not, don’t do it!
  • Set expectations and do not waver for them
  • If you get to complain, you own it

Session 2: Sheila Heen

  • Feedback is all the information available about you
  • Feedback enablers leaders to get the best out of their people and their people to get the best out of their leaders
  • The receiver is in charge of feedback conversations
  • Why do we reject feedback?
    • It was wrong
    • I didn’t respect them
    • I was too stubborn
  • You’ll always be able to find something wrong with feedback, but their may be 10% in it that you need to hear!
  • Before you do anything, figure out what the person giving feedback means and then figure out what you should do with it
  • Other people have information about you that is invisible to you
  • The fastest way to change the feedback culture is for the leaders to take great feedback
  • If you won’t know what to work on as a leader, guess who does? Your team! They have a secret list of things that drive them nuts about you!
  • The better you receive feedback, the better you give it!
  • Best way to get feedback is to ask, “What’s one thing that you appreciate about me? What’s one thing that frustrates you? How do you suggest that I change?
  • People won’t give you feedback until they think you want to know!

Session #4: Brian Houston – Unfortunately, I had to miss this session.

Session #3: Sam Adeyemi

  • The object of leadership for many leaders is their own success, the object of Christ’s leadership was the success of His followers
  • Following you should hold the promise of change for those who follow you
  • People will follow you when they perceive their lives will be better used than what they’re currently doing
  • Don’t pray for your needs, pray for cities, nations, and the world!

Session #4: Liz Wiseman  – Unfortunately, I was unable to attend Liz’s session.

Session #5: Craig Groeschel 

  • There is more in you than you think there is
  • Capacity is what you can handle and produce
  • If you don’t grow, you will be the lid on your organization
  • When your organization starts to struggle, assume that you’re the lid that needs to grow
  • 5 C’s of Expanding Your Capacity
    • 1.) Build Your Confidence
      • Change your self-talk
      • The path way to your greatest potential is to take steps right through your greatest fears
      • You are not who others say you are, you are who God says you are
    • 2.) Expand your Connections
      • Show me who you’re listening to and I’ll show you your future
      • You may be 1 relationship away from changing the course of your destiny
      • The problem with young guys is that they think too small
    • 3.) Improve Your Competence
      • Ask the people around you how you need to grow
    • 4.) Strengthen Your Character
      • Talent can get you to the top, but only character can keep you there
      • Is there something in your private life that could affect your public life?
      • Why would you want to resist something in the future when you could eliminate it today?
      • You are only as strong as your are honest.
    • 5.) Increase Your Commitment
      • There is a huge difference between I kind of want this vs. nothing will stop me from getting this
      • Commitment – We will not stop until we accomplish that
    • Your brain can’t comprehend what God is capable of doing in and through you.
    • How bad you want something determines what you’ll do to get it!

I will be blogging some of my key lessons from the Summit over the next few weeks. It was another fantastic conference! The Summit recently produced an app with a ton of great content from past Summit’s. I would highly encourage you to download it. Check it out here.

Did you attend the Summit? If so, what were some of your key takeaways? Comment below!

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Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit Day 1 Recap http://dougsmithlive.com/willow-creek-global-leadership-summit-day-1-recap-3/ http://dougsmithlive.com/willow-creek-global-leadership-summit-day-1-recap-3/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:00:03 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15805 Yesterday and today I have the privilege of attending the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit Simulcast at Orchard Hill Church in Pittsburgh. I always like to share my key takeaways from conferences within 24 hours of learning them so that I can have a higher chance of retaining them and hopefully they can help […]

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My Takeaways from Day 1 of the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit

Yesterday and today I have the privilege of attending the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit Simulcast at Orchard Hill Church in Pittsburgh. I always like to share my key takeaways from conferences within 24 hours of learning them so that I can have a higher chance of retaining them and hopefully they can help someone. Here are my takeaways from Day 1:

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Session 1: Bill Hybels

  • Book to Read: Leadership Intangibles
  • 5 Leadership Intangibles:
    • Grit
    • Self-Awareness
    • Resourcefulness
    • Self-Sacrificing Love
    • A White Hot Why
  • Grit Assessment 
  • Give yourself difficult tasks
  • When your supervisor gives you an assignment, over-deliver every time
  • Organizations are desperate for resourceful leaders
  • Senior leaders: The quality of your loving sets the tone for the organization
  • We all need to be Chief Meaningful Officers – Let people know WHY they do what they do
  • Life is too short to not live with a white hot why

Session 2: Jim Collins 

  • What cause do you serve with level 5 ambition?
  • If you have a charismatic cause, you don’t need to be a charismatic leader.
  • Commitment to service is a life choice, not a sector choice
  • Will you settle for being a good leader or grow to be a great leader?
  • True leadership is when people follow you when they would have a choice not to
  • Leadership is about getting people to want to do what must be done
  • Learn from people, but do not copy them
  • Leaders do not start as great leaders, they grow into them
  • Will you do whatever it takes to grow as your enterprise grows and scales?
  • How can you reframe failure as growth in pursuit of BHAGS?
  • If you know you can achieve it, it’s not a BHAG!
  • The opposite of success is not failure, it’s growth!
  • How can you succeed by helping others succeed?
  • We succeed at our very best only when we help others succeed.
  • Have you found you personal hedgehog? – Where passion, gifting and economic engine meet?
  • What if Steve jobs quit in 1985 when he was fired from Apple?
  • Life is a series of hands, not a single hand, and we must play every hand to the best of our ability.
  • Focus on your unit, not your career!
  • Life is people
  • Change your focus from taking care of your career, to taking care of your people.
  • The best leaders make an impact on people

Session 3: Ed Catmull

  • Great animation not connected to a great story is worthless
  • Everything great starts as an ugly baby
  • Measure of progress: How are people working together? If they’re connected and having fun, they’ll figure it out.
  • Magic in organization cultures: Loss of Ego in the room!
  • There is great danger in failure when it is not handled properly
  • What are the barriers to telling each other the truth?
  • Leaders need to make it a safe place for people to fail so they can grow faster.
  • Once you get over being embarrassed, it frees you up!

Session 4: Adam Grant

  • The negative impact of a taker will have triple the impact of one good giver
  • Ask other people if you’re a giver or a taker
  • Do as many 5-minute favors as you can!

Session 5: Brene Brown 

  • There is great freedom in sharing the stories we make up in our minds with others
  • We all want more belonging, love, intimacy, etc. The only way that happens is through vulnerability
  • Middle Space – Too far in to turn back, but can’t see ahead. Who you are in this space is what separates the leaders from no leaders.
  • Transformational leaders do discomfort!
  • Transformational leaders have absolute emotional awareness of themselves and others
  • We’re emotional beings who sometimes think!
  • Emotion dictates behavior
  • Leaders can choose courage or choose comfort, not both
  • Courage is uncomfortable, that is why it is rare
  • If you are brave often enough, you will fail. Be willing to fail knowing that you’ll rise up

Session 6: Sallie Krawcheck

  • We’re hired to do what’s most beneficial for the organization, regardless if it’s what people want or not!
  • There is false comfort in agreement
  • Work everyday as though your children are watching you… they are!

Session #7: Albert Tate

  • A dumb idea + God’s hand = Life transformation
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a dumb idea
  • God will do a miracle with something you bring
  • Take what you have in your hand, give it to Jesus, and get out of the way
  • When was the last time you were blown away by the goodness of God?
  • If you don’t know how to fall on your knees and hear from God, you’re missing out on one of the best parts of following God!
  • If you overwork, you’re missing an opportunity to let God be God! You miss the beauty of giving it to Jesus!
  • My name can only do so much, His name gives us full access to the Kingdom of God!
  • You don’t have to live outside the promises of God!

I’ll be live-tweeting from the Leadership Summit again today! Follow along!

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The Slight Edge Principle http://dougsmithlive.com/slight-edge-principle/ http://dougsmithlive.com/slight-edge-principle/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:22:47 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15800 Last October, we had Melanie Mitro, the #1 Beachbody Coach, teach at our Learning to Lead breakfast. You can listen to her talk here. In her talk, she mentioned a book that made a big impact on her. The book is called, “The Slight Edge” (affiliate link). Because the book had made such an impact […]

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The One Principle You Need to Learn in order to Succeed

‘Success is easy, but so is neglect.’ -Jim Rohn
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Last October, we had Melanie Mitro, the #1 Beachbody Coach, teach at our Learning to Lead breakfast. You can listen to her talk here. In her talk, she mentioned a book that made a big impact on her. The book is called, “The Slight Edge” (affiliate link). Because the book had made such an impact on her, I decided to read it.

The premise of the book is simple, but if you’ll apply it, it can be life changing. Here is the premise: Successful people do the easy things that unsuccessful people are unwilling to do. 

What is Easy to Do

Jim Rohn said it best, “What is easy to do is also easy not to do. That is the difference between success and failure.”

‘What is easy to do is also easy not to do. That is the difference between success and failure.’
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I am convinced that the things you need to do to be successful in any area of life are easy to do, but it’s just as easy not to do them. Some examples in my life are:

  • It’s easy to workout 5-6 times a week, but it’s also easy not to
  • It’s easy to write 3-5 times a week, but it’s also easy not to
  • It’s easy to make phone calls to donors, it’s also easy not to
  • It’s easy to connect with my team members, it’s also easy not to
  • It’s easy to eat healthy and track my calories, it’s also easy not to
  • It’s easy to save and invest money, but it’s also easy not to
  • It’s easy to read and listen to podcasts everyday, but it’s also easy not to
  • It’s easy to add value to people everyday, but it’s also easy not to
  • It’s easy to love my wife everyday, but it’s also easy not to
  • It’s easy to plan my day, but it’s also easy not to
  • It’s easy to set-up meetings with mentors, but it’s also easy not to
  • It’s easy to ask people to speak into my life, but it’s also easy not to

If you want to be successful, discipline yourself to do the easy things that unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.

I would encourage you to make a list of the easy things you need to do everyday, every week, and every month in order to be successful in every area of your life. 

Once you have that list, it’s simply a matter of doing those things day in and day out! I dare you to live out the Slight Edge principle and see what happens!

Thoughts? Comment below! 

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2015 Goal Update http://dougsmithlive.com/2015-goal-update/ http://dougsmithlive.com/2015-goal-update/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:32:09 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15793 Every Monday, I write out my top ten goals for the year in my journal. This helps keep me focused on what I want to accomplish. Two years ago, I started making my goals public. I do this for two reasons: 1.) To help hold myself accountable to actually reaching them. 2.) To inspire and challenge […]

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An Update on my 2015 Goals

‘Our best memories often start out as our boldest dreams.’ -Mark Batterson
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Every Monday, I write out my top ten goals for the year in my journal. This helps keep me focused on what I want to accomplish. Two years ago, I started making my goals public. I do this for two reasons: 1.) To help hold myself accountable to actually reaching them. 2.) To inspire and challenge you to do the same.

Not only do I share my goals on my blog, but I also share my goals with our Mastermind Group. This has been extremely helpful. If you are not in a Mastermind group, I highly recommend getting around a group of like-minded people and starting one. If you’d like to join ours, e-mail me at dougsmithlive@gmail.com.

How do I come up with my list of ten? I ask myself this question, “What are ten things that would be extremely awesome if I accomplished them by the end of the year?” 

Below you’ll see two lists. The first list is made up of goals I made in January along with updates on my progress for each. You’ll notice that I’ve accomplished a lot of the goals I originally set out to accomplish in January, so I added my current list of top ten goals below. Those are the goals I want held accountable to through December.

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My Top Ten Goals for 2015 (Set in January 2015) 

1.) I will Buy a House by May 15th, 2015Complete! We bought a house on April 1st of this year.

2.) I will Run the Pittsburgh Marathon in 3:30 while raising at least $5,000 for Light of Life – Update: I ran the marathon in 3:34, which was a 9 minute improvement over my 2014, so I will take that! I raised over $16,000 for Light of Life.

3.) I will Produce a Product to give away for free on my blog by March 1st (1st Push Goal)  – Update: I have made progress on this, and I hope to have this complete, published, and out by the end of August.

4.) I will Make Learning to Lead an official business by March 1st (2nd Push Goal) –  Update: Complete! We filed the paperwork 2 weeks ago!

5.) I will create/host the following by December 31st, 2015: Create 36 Learning to Lead podcasts, host 12 breakfasts, 24 small groups, and post 3 blog posts each week, and 12 serving opportunities – Update: A little behind on podcasts, good on the breakfasts, good on small groups, a little behind blogging and serving opportunities!

6.) I will Use a Virtual Assistant by March 1st – Update: I have not done this yet, but I did start to use Fiver which was good. I am recognizing more and more everyday that I need to start delegating. Laura and I are meeting about this now and putting a plan together.

7.) I will Raise $X through my Donor File at Light of Life by September 30th, 2015 Update: Complete! I his my fundraising goal last week! 2 months ahead of schedule!

8.) I will go on a 10-day vacation with Laura – Update: Complete! We booked it and CANNOT WAIT!!!

9.)  I will give away X% of our income this yearUpdate: We are on track with our giving goals this year.

10.) I will intentionally add value to 25 Leaders by December 31stUpdate: I haven’t done a great job of measuring this, but I would like to believe I am on track. I need to figure out how I will track this.

Here are some of my other goals for the year:

  • Take Ski lessons with Laura (we went – no lessons)
  • Go skiing for a weekend (we went skiing for one day)
  • Have 50 speaking engagements (In progress)
  • Read 30 Books (On track)
  • Get our e-mail list over 250 people (Up to 189 – Want to join? :)
  • Personally mentor 10-12 young leaders (In progress – on track)
  • Get a running Coach (Steel City Run Club)
  • Get a financial coach (Yes – Have a few financial coaches)
  • Get a Writing Coach (no)
  • Get a Business Coach (I’ve developed some advisers, but no coaches)
  • Get a Speaking coach (No)
  • Get a life coach (no)
  • Save $X a month toward the house (In progress – on track)
  • Save $X toward Emergency Fund(In progress – on track)
  • Save $X toward travel (In progress – on track)
  • Save $X toward retirement (In progress – on track)
  • Visit one presidential library – JFK – Visit Boston (Not yet)
  • Attend the Country Music Awards (Slight possibility)
  • Spend 10-15 minutes a day in prayer and meditation (In progress)
  • Go through the Bible in a year! (In progress – on track)
  • Visit Olympic National Park (We decided to skip this on our vacation)
  • Visit Mt. Ranier (September)
  • Explore Seattle (September)
  • Go to Oregon or Vancouver and Explore (Going in September)
  • Go to Toronto (Completed in March)
  • Go to Chicago for a weekend (Have one planned for next April)
  • Complete Quarterly Reviews! (Complete)
  • Create a leadership develop course for leaders to go through by September (In progress)
  • Speak at TedX Pittsburgh – No
  • Create job descriptions for Learning to Lead – Delegate – Elance – No
  • Attend a Tony Robins Event – Not Yet

My Top Ten Goals (Set in August of 2015) 

  1. I will develop my e-book freemium by August, 31st, 2015
  2. I will save 3-6 months savings in our Emergency account
  3. I will start a leadership program for young leaders by January 1st, 2016
  4. I will start investing 15% of our income into retirement by January 1st, 2016
  5. I will start building relationships with and guest blogging for other like-minded entrepreneurs online. At least 1-2 guest posts per month.
  6. I will create/host the following by December 31st, 2015: Create 36 Learning to Lead podcasts, host 12 breakfasts, 24 small groups, and post 3 blog posts each week, and 12 serving opportunities
  7. I will create one memorable experience each month with my family
  8. I will build my e-mail list up to over 500 people
  9. I will host and teach one seminar by December 31st, 2015
  10. I will raise 50% of my fundraising goal in the first quarter of our fiscal year at Light of Life (October – December)

Other goals for the rest of the year: 

  • Continue to establish our Outreach team and make significant progress on our goals for the year through December 31st
  • Go away somewhere awesome for Christmas
  • Create systems to make L2L reproducible
  • Start looking into Master Degree programs
  • Start using YouTube and Periscope as regular outlets
  • Plan a fall/winter retreat for Learning to Lead
  • Continue to stay in great shape through Body Beast, P90X, Running, and Insanity
  • Visit a Presidential Library – Potentially in NY in October
  • Create a second e-book by December 31st
  • Find a way to go through the John Maxwell Team experience
  • Plan our 2016 Calendar
  • Create our 2014 and 2015 Yearbooks
  • Book all of our 2016 Leadership breakfasts
  • Finish remaking Doug Smith Live
  • Complete the L2L website and get the community blogging

What are your top 10 goals in 2015? How are you doing with them? I’d love to hear from you. Comment below! 

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Episode #66: Dean Owrey, CFO at UPMC http://dougsmithlive.com/episode66/ http://dougsmithlive.com/episode66/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15785 Welcome everyone to another episode of the Learning to Lead podcast. This episode comes from our interview series where I interview seasoned leaders and try to extract from them their best leadership tips and practices. This month, I had the privilege of interviewing Dean Owrey, who is the CFO of International and Commercial Services & […]

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In this episode I interview Dean Owrey, CFO of International & Commercial Services & Information Services Division at UPMC

Welcome everyone to another episode of the Learning to Lead podcast. This episode comes from our interview series where I interview seasoned leaders and try to extract from them their best leadership tips and practices.

This month, I had the privilege of interviewing Dean Owrey, who is the CFO of International and Commercial Services & Information Services Division at UPMC in Pittsburgh. Dean is the first interview I’ve done from a referral from someone who in our Learning to Lead group, Paul Matthews, who also works at UPMC. In fact, Dean is one of Paul’s mentors. I really enjoyed my time with Dean and I believe this podcast will add a lot of value to your life.

Episode #66: Dean Owrey, CFO at UPMC

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Connect with Dean:

In this episode, you will learn: 

  • How to set yourself apart in an organization
  • How to make an impact in the lives of young leaders
  • How not to be average
  • How to deal with conflict
  • How to balance life and work
  • How to put your family first
  • How to build a great team
  • How to develop leaders

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Questions:

 

  • Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions, and what you do.
  • What is one thing about Dean Owrey that people would be surprised to know?
  • When you think of success, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

Personal Leadership:

  • Walk us through your leadership journey . . . did you always aspire to be a leader wherever you were? How did you learn leadership? Did someone teach you?
  • Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe some one who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?
  • What are you doing and what have you done to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
  • What books have you read that have made a great impact on you that you would recommend? 
  • How do you structure your days and your life so that you are as productive as possible?
  • How do you balance life and work?
  • At one point, you left E&Y and then returned, otherwise known as boomeranging… do you recommend this practice for young leaders? You were a partner at Ernst & Young and left to go to UPMC…why did you do that? What impact did it have on you?
  • Can you tell us about Michael and the impact he had on your life?

Organizational Leadership: 

  • Talk to us about the organizational culture of UPMC, what makes it great? What are you guys working on to make it better? With so many employees, how do you ensure that everyone is bought into the culture you’ve developed?
  • What qualities do you look for in up and coming leaders?
  • In your leadership experience, what have you learned about building a great team?
  • What does mentoring and development young leaders look like in your organization?
  • What have you found to be the biggest challenges that executives face?
  • What do you think is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?

Career: 

  • What advice would you give young leaders when it comes to picking the “right” career?
  • What can young leaders do to set themselves apart in their organizations?
Closing Questions:
  • What are you most proud of up to this point in your life?
  • What do you want your legacy to be?
  • Any closing advice for young leaders?

How You Can Help this Podcast:

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5 Reflections from my Decade Review http://dougsmithlive.com/reflection-decade-review/ http://dougsmithlive.com/reflection-decade-review/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:00:52 +0000 Doug Smith http://dougsmithlive.com/?p=15000 Every year during the last week of December, I do a year-end review. You can learn more about my process for that here. In May, I turned 30 and decided to do a decade review. I reviewed all of my year-end reviews from the last decade of my life. It was a great experience. In fact, […]

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What I learned from Reflecting on the last Decade of my Life

Every year during the last week of December, I do a year-end review. You can learn more about my process for that here. In May, I turned 30 and decided to do a decade review. I reviewed all of my year-end reviews from the last decade of my life. It was a great experience. In fact, I will be recording a two-part podcast of the top lessons I learned in my twenties that will be published in August and September of this year. Today, I simply want to share with you a few things I learned from the actual practice of reviewing a decade of my life. Here we go:

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1.) I’m Extremely Glad that I Journal – I started journaling in 2004. You can learn how I journal here. It’s been said that a journal is an intimate record of the journey the Lord and I are traveling on. I love that at any point in time I can pick up a journal from any year and start to read about what my life was like that year, the memories I made, what I was learning, and what I was doing. If you don’t journal, I want to encourage you to start today.

2.) Year-End Reviews are Important – I’ve been doing year-end reviews since 2004. I actually type up a report of my year-end review so I can easily browse each year of my life. If you’re unfamiliar with a year-end review, I share my process for doing one here. It was so cool to go through a decades worth of year-end reviews to see what happened in my life over the course of a decade. I’m grateful for this practice.

‘Experience isn’t the best teacher, evaluated experience is.’ -John C. Maxwell
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3.) You can Grow a lot in a Decade – I remember finishing up my first year of interning at our church in 2004. I asked my Pastor how he does everything he does. He said to me, “Doug, think back to the past year, have you grown a lot?” I replied, “Oh man! I’ve grown a ton over the last year.” He said, “I’ve been doing that for the past 25 years. Just keep growing everyday.” At that moment, I decided that I would do everything I could do grow on a daily basis. It was amazing to see how far I’ve come in ten years. Think about where you were five to ten years ago. How much have you grown? Think of how far you can go in the next five to ten years!

4.) God is Always Doing More than You Think He is – One of the coolest parts about looking back on the last decade is to see how faithful God is. There were so many times where I didn’t know how things were going to work out or why I was going through certain things, however looking back I can see God’s hand all throughout my life. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

It does not say God works some things to work together for good, it says ALL things. While it’s easy to see that this verse is true while looking back, it also provides confidence that whatever I’m going through now or in the future will have the same outcome.

5.) A Decade went by so Fast – I can’t believe I’m 30 years old! Seriously. Ten years went by so fast. As I reviewed the last ten years of my life, I had to ask myself the following questions:

  • How did I use my twenties?
  • Am I proud of how I used them?
  • Did I make good choices?
  • Did I set myself up well for my thirties?

I’ll answer a lot of these questions in the podcast episodes I am recording. However, I’ll conclude with this: Mae West said, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

‘You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.’ -Mae West
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I will never get to live my twenties over again. While my twenties went by extremely fast, I know my thirties, forties, and fifties will go by even faster. Knowing this helps me to focus and be extremely intentional about living my life on purpose. If this post does nothing else for you, I pray that it challenges you to do the same. 

Thoughts? Leave a comment below!

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