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The Power of One: Value Over Vanity

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking in two vastly different rooms. The first was a grand convention center, complete with dazzling lights, booming music, giant screens, and a sea of chairs. It was an exhilarating spectacle, accompanied by a luxurious green room, a makeup artist, and an electric atmosphere.

The second room, by contrast, was a modest breakout session, seating around 100 people. It was a smaller, more intimate setting, yet it held an equally profound opportunity for connection and impact.

Reflecting on these experiences with my 16-year-old son, he curiously asked, "Do you even like speaking in rooms like the smaller one?" My response was immediate: "It's value over vanity. The size of the stage doesn’t change the message or its goal." In truth, these smaller rooms can be even more rewarding. They allow me to witness the message come to life through direct interaction with attendees.

This week, I want to remind you of the power of ONE. It’s not about the grand stages, the bright lights, or the standing ovations—though they are exhilarating. It’s about touching the heart of one individual, inspiring them to live authentically and pursue the life they deserve and desire.

Tips for Embracing the Power of One in Daily Interactions:

  1. Practice Active Listening: Whether in meetings or personal conversations, actively listen to others. Show genuine interest in their thoughts and feelings to build stronger, more meaningful connections.

  2. Personalize Your Interactions: Take the time to understand the unique circumstances and needs of your colleagues, friends, and family. Tailoring your approach to each individual shows that you value and respect them.

  3. Celebrate Individual Contributions: Acknowledge and appreciate the efforts and successes of others, no matter how small. This recognition can boost morale and encourage continued excellence both in the workplace and in personal relationships.

  4. Maintain Authenticity: Be yourself in all situations. Authenticity leads to trust and deeper relationships. Whether you’re at work or with loved ones, being genuine helps others feel comfortable to do the same.

  5. Reflect and Adjust: Consider the impact of your words and actions on others. Take time to reflect on your interactions and be open to making changes if necessary to ensure you are having a positive and meaningful impact.

By integrating these practices into your daily life, you can make every interaction count. It’s about seeing beyond the external trappings of success and focusing on the real value you can provide in each moment, truly embodying the principle of 'being who you came to be.'’


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