Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Reasons To Work

Reasons to work

1. For the money
2. To be challenged
3. For the pleasure/calling of doing the work
4. For the impact it makes on the world
5. For the reputation you build in the community
6. To solve interesting problems
7. To be part of a group and to experience the mission
8. To be appreciated

Why do we always focus on the first? Why do we advertise jobs or promotions as being generic on items 2 through 8 and differentiated only by #1?

In fact, unless you're a drug kingpin or a Wall Street trader, my guess is that the other factors are at work every time you think about your work.
from www.sethgodin.com

Friday, November 05, 2010

"Outlive Your Life" book review


Contrary to about everyone else’s taste I am not a big Lucado book fan. For me he is a little too wordy and takes too long to get to the point. In some instances this book is the same way.
This book is also dealing with a popular topic in book publishing circles and among churches these days. That we need to help those who are hurting, we need to be concerned about issues of poverty, hunger, homelessness etc. not just here at home but globally. This book is not the best on these subjects that I have read, but if you are a Lucado fan and have not read up on any of these topics it may be a good place to start.

With that said, the book begins with a fable entitled, “Father Benjamin”. Father Benjamin has died but what he has done is still living. Very touching and motivating story to begin with. Another story I enjoyed was the story of the football team in Texas who did what they could do to cheer and help their opposing team.
The chapter I enjoyed the most was the chapter on hospitality. Where Lucado encourages Gods people to be people of hospitality. He says this,

“Call us a fast society, an efficient society, but don’t call us a personal society. Our society is set up for isolation. We wear earbuds when we exercise. We communicate via e-mail and text messages. We enter and exit our houses with gates and garage-door openers. Our mantra; “I leave you alone. You leave me alone.”
Yet God wants his people to be an exception . Let everyone else go the way of computers and keyboards. God’s children will be people of hospitality.
Long before the church had pulpits and baptisteries, she had kitchens and dinner tables.”