By Chip Lutz
When life is complete, what is the legacy you want to leave behind? One of policy, plans, procedures and rules? Or, do you want to leave a legacy that represents your true self? If your answer is the latter, then read on. At home, work, or play – if you want to leave a legacy that is of true value and that continues to be shared, then the answer is to tithe with others. I am not talking about giving 10% more than what you are giving right now. I am referring to sharing the 10% of yourself that makes you special. When we share our inner 10% with others, we pass that piece of ourselves on and can help others grow, develop, or move past a difficult time in their life. All the success I have ever enjoyed has been the result of another’s tithe in me – all ordinary people who became extraordinary because they took the time to invest the 10% that was personal, insightful, and sometimes painful (to share and to hear). Step up and start tithing today by being mindful of these principles.
Reflect Having a PhD, tons of money, or a title is great, but the only requirement for you to tithe is having a willing spirit and a reflective mind. To be in that reflective state-of-mind when encountering issues, ask yourself: How can I help? What part of “me” can be of benefit to this person? Your tithe could come in the form of a personal story, an experience, a triumph, or even a tribulation. Regardless of its origin, it matters because it is a part of you. With a tithe, sometimes the smallest things have the largest impact. Always remember that each of us is special and each has something to tithe.
Remove Distractions We live in a busy world – cell phones, WiFi, and the continual bombardment of information can leave people so stressed they feel like they are diagonally parked in a parallel universe! To tithe, we need to take the time to connect on a human level – to get away from the distractions and meet others with warm eyes and an open heart. Only 7% of the words we use are important. The other 93% of a conversation comes from our body language, facial expressions, and how active we are in our ability to listen. Tithing can be as simple as turning off the cell phone, lending an ear, and just “being there.”
Risk Is there an element of risk in tithing? The answer is yes. There is the risk of your tithe being unwanted. There is the risk of your tithe falling on “deaf” ears. There may also be the risk of being hurt. The hardest part of tithing is making that first investment. No great thing was ever accomplished without battling with that element of risk. In life, there are people that do and people that wish they had done. Wouldn’t you rather step out, take the risk of rejection and/or hurt and be of benefit to another than to have “wished” you had done something after the fact? I think the answer is clear – we should step up, step out, invest ourselves and take the risk.
Tithing is personal. It is a personal investment of your best 10% in others that goes beyond the boundaries of mentorship and coaching. It’s about a covenant that we build with others in an attempt to make meaning of our experiences and provide value to others as we run the race of life. The tithe that we share lives on in those we invest in and, chances are, it will become part of their tithe in others. It’s not a lot, it’s only 10% – but that small investment will give returns that are much greater than we could ever expect. Don’t hesitate, now is the time to reach out, connect, inspire, and make your investment in others through tithing. Now is also the time to thank those who have shared their tithes with you!
Have you ever been wrong?
By Ron White
Have you ever been wrong? I certainly have. In the last few months, I have made a few mistakes and I kept beating myself up over them.
“Dang it! Why didn’t I handle that better?! Why did I do this?! Why did I say that?!”
I rolled around in the agony of bad decisions for a few weeks and then someone pointed out, “Ron, did you make a decision?”
‘”Yep, I sure did,” I replied.
“So you did something?”
I paused for a minute. “Yeah… I did the wrong thing over and over. How could I have not seen the error before?”
My friend went back, “Ron, you continued to make decisions. They just weren’t the best?”
“EXACTLY!” I exclaimed as if he finally understood.
Then he smiled and said, “You should be happy.”
Happy? Is he kidding me? For making the wrong choices?
Then he went on, “Making the right decision is the best thing you could have done. Making a bad decision is worse. But making no decision is even worse than that because you can’t learn from not making a decision. A non-decision provides us with no lesson.”
I sat back in my chair and realized, “Wow, I have a treasure chest of lessons from this bad decision because I had the guts to make a decision even though it was wrong.”
My entire perspective changed at that moment and I went to people I respected and said, “Here is the decision I made. How would you have handled this differently?” They told me, and now I am 100% prepared for the future.
My suggestion to you is don’t wallow in a bad decision. BIG DEAL! You made a bad decision, but you still made a decision. Congratulate yourself on that, learn from it and be better next time.
Teddy Roosevelt said, “The cold and timid souls are those who neither know victory nor defeat.”
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Young, affluent snap up smartphones
The smartphone continues to edge out traditional cellphones as the mobile device of choice, but there are holdouts among buyers. About 48% of smartphone owners have an Android device, while 32% own an Apple phone.
Nearly half of U.S. mobile phone subscribers (49.7%) now own smartphones capable of streaming video, texting, downloading apps and other computer-like functions, according to Nielsen’s latest survey of mobile subscribers. That’s up sharply from 36% a little more than a year ago.
Yet there’s still a segment of the population that “thinks about the mobile device as primarily a phone” for making calls, says Jonathan Carson, CEO of Digital at Nielsen.
“Some are ‘glove-box users who throw the mobile device into the glove box in the car in case of emergencies,” he says.
Younger, more affluent consumers are most likely to have smartphones, he says. But buyers under 65 in general are apt to choose a smartphone over a traditional feature phone. “Effectively, a smartphone is starting to become a must-have purchase for Americans at all income levels,” Carson says.
Four of every five mobile devices purchased by those ages 18 to 34 are smartphones. “You see all of your friends using Facebook and Twitter on their mobile devices and you feel left out if you are not able to participate with them,” Carson says. “That is a very strong driver.”
Even some budget-challenged and lower-income consumers have shifted spending from a land-line phone to a mobile one, he says.
Among those making less than $15,000 annually, 43% of those 25-34 opt for smartphones. That compares with 74% of those making $75,000 to $100,000 in those age groups.
Voice usage on mobile phones dropped for the first time in 2011, to 638 minutes of use per month from 720 in 2010, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. “Voice usage is decreasing because you have a parallel massive increase of data usage,” says Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Pierre-Alain Sur. “That points back to the trend of how people communicate and connect with each other.”
Android devices (48%) continue to dominate the market, compared with about one-third with iPhones and nearly 12% with BlackBerrys, Nielsen says. Apple purchases are trending up, though. In the last three months, 43% of smartphone purchases were iPhones.
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