Life Leadership: Don’t Scam Yourself

Hey everyone, I wanted to share a great post by LIFE Leadership CEO and Creative Director Chris Brady. Chris has to be one of LIFE Leadership the top teachers because he can take complex concepts and make them so simple to apply to our lives. It is such an honor for me to be in business with Chris. His creative genius and impactful teaching has forever changed my life. Enjoy the video as Chris does what he does best, inspire people to, do more and get better.

God bless,

Dan Hawkins

“Sometimes You Need Outside Eyes”

Lead Yourself Through Life: Perspective
This talk was obviously part of a longer piece of teaching, but I think it stands by itself as a great reminder that we often are too close to a problem to find its answer. When faced with a conundrum that appears to have you beat, try the following:

1. Attempt to gain a new perspective. Take a look at the situation through a different lens, or, as in the case with my 9 year old son, through someone else’s eyes.

2. Take a break. As I said in my book, A Month of Italy, sometimes you need to get away in order to get a way. This means that often, as soon as we break with our normal routine and take some time out, our brains, allowed the freedom to work on the problem in the background, will eventually pop out an answer. So sometimes, paradoxically, the best way to solve a problem is to do nothing about it for a while!

3. Seek new combinations. The late Steve Jobs once said that all innovation is really just creative combination. So ask yourself what new things you can mix together that have never been tried. Often the solution is not a stand alone thing, but rather a blending of a couple of your best ideas.

Mark Twain once called himself a “prodigious noticer.” I love that phrase. It encourages us to make active observation a normal practice. When you look, really see. When you listen, really hear. Try to take in your surroundings in a fresh way, opening your senses to things you might be missing. And above all, live your life with eyes wide open.

So don’t scam yourself out of a rich and abundant life by seeing only what you are used to seeing. Remember these simple techniques and see and feel anew the world around you. Not only might it help you unlock answers to nagging problems, but it will for sure lead to the living of a richer and more fulfilling life.

Rock on!

Chris Brady

6 thoughts on “Life Leadership: Don’t Scam Yourself

  1. Great post! That has got to be one of the funniest stories explaining view points with the greatest teaching I’ve ever seen! It’s amazing how we can be so blind in a situation until we get out of the box and look at it from a different perspective. Thanks for your leadership Dan.

    1. Thank you for the comment Ryan. It has been a pleasure watching you apply what you learn and excel in LIFE! See you soon.

  2. Great article. It was the perfect information at the perfect time for an event that took place in our lives. Thanks for the tools to refer to!

  3. Love that point from a different perspective! It’s so easy to get caught in our day to day lives that we can’t see a solution when it is right it front of our noses.

    1. That is so true Steve! Thanks for sharing.

  4. This is a great piece of getting out of a slump! All those hills and valleys in life really need a road map!

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