Today is my 50th birthday. It’s a little strange to write that down. When I think of 50th birthdays, I think of those films you see sometimes about the 50th birthday of Disneyland. You know the ones with all the ecstatic little kids with crew cuts and pig tails and how quaint Tomorrowland looked fifty years ago? I’m not that old, am I? Apparently, the good folks at AARP think so as they sent me an introductory membership card last week. Sorry guys, not happening.
Since it’s been fifty years, I thought I’d share a short list of things I’ve learned about life and leadership. Most of them I’ve had to relearn more than once. That said, they seem to have worked for me. Your mileage may vary, but here’s my list of things it’s taken me fifty years to learn.
Most good things require the help of other people. I can track pretty much every good thing that’s ever happened to me or I’ve gotten to do to the help and support of someone else. There’s no such thing as a self-made person.
You get what you give. That’s the title of a great song by The New Radicals. It also happens to be true.
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