A while back I wrote a post about how awesome is not average with regards to your animal hospital. I definitely do not want to have an “average” business, and as a matter of fact, I really do not want to be average in any part of my life.
The world wants you to be nothing more than average, but we are all meant to live awesome lives. Think about back when you were a little kid. Did you really think this is where you would be? For some people, life may be better than they thought it would be, but for most people, life has been somewhat of a disappointment.
Breaking away from the status quo of being average may seem like an impossibility, but it is not. I believe you are meant to find your own journey to awesome, but it requires more than just the desire-it takes work!
Recently, I received an email from a veterinarian who was asking for some advice as he gets started on his own journey to awesome. Back 10 years ago, there was not a whole lot to choose from, other than books and cassettes (remember those), but now the multitude of choices can be paralyzing!
The biggest limiters on your journey to awesome are usually where do I find the time and where do I begin?
In his book, “Quitter”, Jon Acuff talks about being selfish at 5:00 am, and he is completely on to something. Early morning is probably the only time we can focus completely on ourselves without it affecting anyone in our family. I don’t think your spouse or kids will ever give you a hard time about not being attentive to them at 5:00 am.
Another great place to be selfish is during your commute to and from work. I am a huge fan of podcasts and audiobooks. Fill up your iPod with valuable podcasts rather than mindless listening to the same songs or depressing news on the local radio station. Andy Stanley’s Leadership Podcast, The Entreleadership Podcast and Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life Podcast are great ones to get you started on your journey to awesome.
I love to read. Books to me are like shoes are to most women. If you just run over to your local bookstore, you will likely be overwhelmed with the vast number of leadership books and the same goes for Amazon. So here are a few of my favorite books to get you started on your own journey to awesome:
- “The Go-Giver,” by Bob Burg is actually required reading for anyone who joins our team. It is an easy read and a great story about how life and business really work.
- “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” is a classic by the leadership guru, John Maxwell. It is a fantastic book and is a great book to get started on your own journey to awesome. FYI it is #1 on Amazon when you type in leadership book-pretty impressive!
- “Daring Greatly”, by Brene Brown, is a game-changing book. It is one of the best books I have ever read and sheds a whole new light on vulnerability. Brown explains why vulnerability is at the core of meaningful human experiences, and without it, we are not living the lives we were meant to live. It is not a traditional leadership book, but if you apply what you read, it will change both your personal and professional life-no kidding it is that good.
- “Great by Choice”, by Jim Collins is a classic business book, but every book Collins puts out is based on scientific research, and this book is no exception. What I really loved about “Great by Choice” is it was so relevant to the small business and entrepreneur unlike some of his other bestsellers.
Your turn! Join the conversation here or on Facebook and tell me how you’re doing on the journey to awesome!