Issue No. 337 of Your Weekly Staff Meeting notes that the Sistine Chapel was painted in under five years—so what’s on your bucket list? You, or someone on your team, will appreciate “5,” a very creative and maybe life-changing coffee table book. And this reminder: click here for my 2015 book-of-the-year and my Top-10 book list.
Michelangelo, Jeff Bezos and Julia Child
In just 80 colorful and compelling pages, Dan Zadra asks a convicting question: “Where will you be five years from now?”
(I know. Some of us don’t know where we’ll be five days from now—but work with me here.)
• “In just under five years, Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel.”
• “At age 30, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was living in a 500-square foot apartment. Five years later his net worth was $10 billion.”
• “In 1961, Julia Child graduated from cooking school with a quirky idea for a TV show. Four years later she won an Emmy as America’s favorite TV chef.”
Zadra’s book, 5, further convicts and prods by noting what H. Jackson Brown, Jr. said:
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.”
This delightful coffee table book and life planner is fun to read, graphically outstanding, and void of cheesy formulas. Read it with your family, spouse, or team at work—and you’ll think differently (and optimistically, I hope) about your next five years: 260 weeks, 1,820 days, and 2.6 million minutes.
But if you think two venti lattes at Starbucks is a much better investment in your future, delete this eNews now.
Mixing metaphors with blue sky thinking and paper-and-pencil inking, the author notes these stunning stats from Dave Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech:
• People who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as the people who don’t.
• 80% of Americans say they don’t have goals.
• 16% do have goals, but don’t write them down.
• Less than 4% write down their goals.
• Fewer than 1% review their goals on an ongoing basis.
I’m reminded of Fred Smith Sr.’s memorable line in the terrific book, Breakfast With Fred: “I learned to write to burn the fuzz off my thinking.”
“Every day matters,” says Zadra. (My Bible has similar themes!) So half-way through this dream journey of numerous exercises and reflection moments, he delivers an in-the-trenches wake-up call with a simple equation for calculating the number of days you have left on earth. (Yikes!)
If you’re a long-time reader, you know I suggest you delegate some of your reading. One excellent complementary resource to read with 5 is Henry Cloud’s powerful fork-in-the-road book, Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward. (Read my review. I named it my 2011 book-of-the-year.)
Necessary endings, says Cloud, “are the reason you are not married to your prom date nor still working in your first job.” His list of the 11 reasons why leaders and managers avoid necessary endings is also convicting. Here are just four of the preferred avoidance strategies:
•“We are afraid of the unknown.”
•“We do not possess the skills to execute the ending.”
•“We have had too many and too painful endings in our own personal history, so we avoid another one.”
•“We do not learn from them, so we repeat the same mistakes over and over.”
Where will you be five years from now? These two books will help you address that question.
To order from Amazon, click on the graphic below for 5: Where Will You Be Five Years from Today? by Dan Zadra.
Your Weekly Staff Meeting Questions:
1) On goal-setting, the author encourages you to “surround yourself with people who believe you can. By all means, share your goals—but only share them with people who can help you attain them.” Who is helping you achieve your goals?
2) The next five years, says Zadra, will deliver 260 opportunities to say “TGIM: Thank goodness it’s Monday!” As you think about goals, “how could you put every Monday on a pedestal?”
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As we cycle through the 20 buckets, here is an additional resource to use with the suggestions in Chapter 9, The Team Bucket, in Mastering the Management Buckets:
Listen to My Life: Maps for Recognizing and Responding to God in My Story, is a unique visual tool that helps you invite God into the process of reviewing your past, assessing your present, and enriching your walk with God into your future.
Created by Sibyl Towner and Sharon Swing, the website is a great place to start to learn more. View the two-minute video to discern if the series of eight visual maps would help you or enrich the lives of people you are mentoring. The basic resource, Listen to My Life, is just $39. A one-on-one guided experience is also available.
For more insights from the Team Bucket, visit this webpage.
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