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The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself – something that’s in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.

– Tina Turner

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“There is a girl in New York City 

Who calls herself the human trampoline 

And sometimes when I’m falling, flying 

Or tumbling in turmoil I say 

Oh, so this is what she means…”


I feel like that most of the time…    😉

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LYRICS

The Mississippi Delta was shining 

Like a National guitar 

I am following the river 

Down the highway 

Through the cradle of the civil war 

I’m going to Graceland 

Graceland 

In Memphis Tennessee 

I’m going to Graceland 

Poor boys and pilgrims with families 

And we are going to Graceland 

My traveling companion is nine years old 

He is the child of my first marriage 

But I’ve reason to believe 

We both will be received 

In Graceland 
She comes back to tell me she’s gone 

As if I didn’t know that 

As if I didn’t know my own bed 

As if I’d never noticed 

The way she brushed her hair from her forehead 

And she said losing love 

Is like a window in your heart 

Everybody sees you’re blown apart 

Everybody sees the wind blow 
I’m going to Graceland 

Memphis Tennessee 

I’m going to Graceland 

Poor boys and pilgrims with families 

And we are going to Graceland 
And my traveling companions 

Are ghosts and empty sockets 

I’m looking at ghosts and empties 

But I’ve reason to believe 

We all will be received 

In Graceland 
There is a girl in New York City 

Who calls herself the human trampoline 

And sometimes when I’m falling, flying 

Or tumbling in turmoil I say 

Oh, so this is what she means 

She means we’re bouncing into Graceland 

And I see losing love 

Is like a window in your heart 

Everybody sees you’re blown apart 

Everybody sees the wind blow 
In Graceland, in Graceland 

I’m going to Graceland 

For reasons I cannot explain 

There’s some part of me wants to see 

Graceland 

And I may be obliged to defend 

Every love, every ending 

Or maybe there’s no obligations now 

Maybe I’ve a reason to believe 

We all will be received 

In Graceland


The tallest oak in the forest was once a little nut that held its ground.


“… gotta learn to give if you wanna live in a small world”

– Song Small World, Huey Lewis and The News

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SMALL WORLD

All around the world 

There are people like you and me 

From the poorest beggar in the street 

To the richest king and queen 
Some people take 

And then they never give 

You gotta learn to give and take 

If you wanna learn to live 

In a small world

Small, small world 
Now we can 

Fight one another 

Like they to on T.V. 

Or we can 

Help one another 

The way it’s supposed to be 
If we all give a little 

It could really mean a lot 

It’s a small world 

But it’s the only one we’ve got 

Small world

Small, small world


May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down

“I went from zero to my own hero”

– Song Roar, Katy Perry


To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.

(Reblogged from The Leaders Zone. Click here to see the original post)

TAKE THE PATH TO SERVANT LEADERSHIP

By Dan Price

It’ s time for your annual performance review. You walk into your boss’s office, sit down and prepare for the litany of clichéd critiques and uninspiring atta boys. You try to decipher the feedback and pull out some actionable items, but grounding the theoretical appraisal proves difficult. You leave the room with your intrinsic motivation weakened by the encounter.

Now imagine this: Instead of a performance review, your boss sits you down and asks you how she can improve, how the company can flourish and how both can stay truer to their values. You’re naturally full of ideas, so you take the opportunity to launch into new concepts you’d been keeping in the back of your mind. You work with your boss to come up with a plan to improve the company and help her elevate her performance. You leave the meeting motivated by the prospect of working with your boss to create something great.

“REAL SERVANT LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT GIVING WITHOUT THE EXPECTATION OF RECEIVING. IT’S NOT AN INCREMENTAL CHANGE; IT’S A COMPLETE PARADIGM SHIFT.”

Every six months at Gravity Payments, we do this type of review. We seek to turn the boss-employee relationship upside down and create an environment in which leaders exist to serve those around them. Historically leadership has been about amassing power in order to operate paternalistically at best and tyrannically at worst. The notion of servant leadership has since permeated the business world, but too often it is used only as a more efficient way to gain authority, not as a way to truly serve.

Real servant leadership is about giving without the expectation of receiving. It’s not an incremental change; it’s a complete paradigm shift. Many people struggle with this because they are used to being the ones with all of the answers. Making this leap requires a certain level of vulnerability, but those able to challenge the leadership status quo will reap the benefi ts. If you succeed in shifting to the role of servant leader, you will fi nd the surprises you receive are far more impressive and humbling than you expected. When I made the decision to implement a $70,000-a-year minimum wage at Gravity Payments, I expected our business to take a f i nancial hit. I took the risk, and my team surpassed my expectations. Not only did our business accelerate, but a year after the implementation of the policy, our team banded together and bought me a Tesla to thank me. Ask yourself, Am I truly working to serve the people around me, or for personal gain? If the answer is personal gain, try beginning the journey to servant leadership by requesting to be held accountable, rather than the other way around.

Follow these steps to become a servant leader: 

1. Instead of spending your time defining expectations for your team, spend it identifying how you can support them. 

2. Have your team keep an eye on your actions rather than the other way around. 

3. Ask for feedback rather than telling your team what to do. 

4. Resist the urge to accumulate power. Focus on giving it away.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Price is the founder and CEO of Gravity Payments, a credit-card processing company that supports independent businesses. In 2015 he took a personal pay cut that secured a $70,000 minimum salary for his employees.

To read the original article fron Success Magazine click here.


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