Pain Is Good for Growth

by L. Wayne Smalls

As we go through our life’s journey, we all have experiences that have helped to shape who we are now. When you think about it, we are nothing more than a sum of the experiences that we have gone through. Not all those experiences were good. Let’s face it! We’ve all had our share of negative experiences. Most of the times, we are quick to overlook the bad experiences in our lives and focus most of our attention on the good ones. Leaders, just like everyone else, have negative experiences or tough times that they go through. Good leaders understand that negative experiences are just as powerful and impactful to the growth of an individual, if not more than positive ones. The key to such growth lies in the ability of every individual to manage their bad experiences.

The Power of Connection

by L. Wayne Smalls

Imagine for a moment that you purchased a brand-new car that had the shiniest new wheels. It had the prettiest paint job that you’ve ever seen and it’s your favorite color. This car could go from 0 – 60 mph in three seconds. You put the key in the ignition and turn, but nothing happens. You pop the hood as you get out of the car and you realize the battery cables are not connected to the battery of the car. You then understand that your beautiful car with all its bells and whistles is useless. The battery, which is housed under the hood of the car, is the source of power that makes the car operate at its fullest capacity. Without that battery, you would just have a beautiful, shiny car that looks good but is powerless and has no life.

What Is Your True Purpose?

by L. Wayne Smalls

Do you know what your true purpose in life is? Although that is a rhetorical question, it is a critical one nonetheless, because we all have a purpose and we should know what it is so that we can begin to live a more fulfilling life. We were all put on this earth to fulfil a destiny- some to be great leaders, others to be caregivers and still others to be public servants. There are people who have already realized their purpose. There are some who still have not been able to figure it out yet. There are even some who thought they knew what their life’s purpose was, but somewhere along the way, may have gotten distracted. Here are a few tips that may help you get back on track.

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