Life is About Taking Risks

I created my first Meetup last week. The event isn’t until early January of next year, but it’s out there – on the web for all the world to see. I don’t need to get into the nitty gritty about what it’s for (you can learn more by clicking on the link) but it is something that I have wanted in Nashville for quite some time. It didn’t exist, so I created it.

This whole experience has been a great reminder that sometimes life is just about trying. When January 8th rolls around, I may have a vibrant and full group or none at all. Sure, I would love to have lots of people in attendance but it doesn’t matter. Life is about trial and error. It’s about taking risks. I’m glad I’m putting myself out there.

Always Pursue Growth and Learning

A few years ago, I developed Ethos3’s 10 core values. It was a fun and rewarding exercise that really helped me shape the direction in which I wanted to take my company.

Here’s a quick snapshot of those core values:

As you will see, one of those core values is “Pursue Growth and Learning.” The reason it was included is simple:

Ethos3 is an organization and organizations are made up of individuals. If these individuals aren’t growing, then the organization should never expect to grow.

I want my team to constantly be challenging themselves to acquire new knowledge and test their comfort zones.

They must get curious.

They must explore.

And, most importantly…they must share what they discover for the benefit of all of us.

Now, here’s the scary reality (and motivation if you will):

  • 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
  • 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
  • 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.

Imagine the competitive edge you can gain on your competition just by reading. That’s why at Ethos3 we provide each new employee a Kindle with access to our vast Ethos3 library and a reading plan.

It’s a simple solution that provides huge rewards.

Getting my podcast on!

I just started the beginning stages of creating Episode 1 of The Ethos3 Podcast. My tool of choice: the Yeti by Blue. It’s glorious.

Be on the lookout, I’ll be going live with this new project soon!