Monthly Archives: September 2015

Words are powerful, they have the ability to change you

My friends & family went to Oprah’s Live Your Best Life Weekend Tour last year. It was amazing! I’d highly recommend it to everyone in the future if they ever restart their tour. Many of the talks were on words and the law of attraction. We literally create our own reality with the words we use in our language. My favorite moment during the event was when Oprah shared her story when she visited Maya Angelou’s house for an event. 

There were many people Maya’s house.  In the living room, there were two people making jokes about gay people.  Maya Angelou overheard them, walked over them and asked them to leave.  Oprah understood that it wasn’t appropriate for them to make these types of jokes at anyones’ house, but she was surprised that Maya Angelou didn’t just correct it and let them stay. Oprah asked Maya why she kicked them out, her response was…

“Words are powerful, and I don’t want those words sticking to the cloth on my couch because every time I walk in that room, I’ll feel those words and words have the ability to change you.”

Be mindful about your language, the words you use, both a loud and internally, because they do, literally change you and your energy every time you use them.  

What words are you using?

How are they changing you?

What reality through language are you creating for your life?

After hearing that, and so many other good stories. I felt empowered to ensure that our home was only filled with words that made us feel positive, happy, joyful & empowered to pursue our dreams everyday. A house with no words or images on our walls now feels like it’d be empty.  I want it to feel alive and empowered, everyday I wake up.  Here are some of the vision boards & language you’ll find in our house. This is just my office, we have these all over our house.

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Build an organization to make a difference, not to last forever

I was scrolling down my Facebook News Feed today and saw that Mark Zuckerberg was talking live, in a Town Hall Meeting. I went to check it out & was fortunate to watch the last few minutes of the talk because I found a few of his ideas very insightful.

An audience participant asked him the question, if he was scared of seeing Facebook die in the future because of other social media companies in the past not working out. I didn’t think that question mattered very much, because he was talking about how companies like MySpace failed before.  However, Mark put an interesting spin on his answer.

He said he doesn’t think much about that at all, the companying dying.  He thinks it’s actually quite strange that a lot of companies have the objective to live forever.  Facebook’s objective is to make the world more open & connected, and that’s all that matters to Mark. If they’re able to do that, they did their job and that’s what was important.  Not if they were able to last forever. Making a difference was what was most important, not longevity, he’s always asking himself if he’s doing the right things to make their mission become a reality.

I found that useful, because when I started Follow, I wanted to build an organization that would last long after I died. As I meet more missionary entrepreneurs that’s what I wanted to do, have a big enough mission & build an organization that stands the test of time. Which I still think I’d like to do.  However, after hearing Marks talk, I don’t think that’s really the point and I think he’s right.  The objective of the organization is to achieve it’s purpose, not to live forever. Obviously their purpose is huge and Facebook may be around for a long time in order to accomplish it, but lasting forever vs. achieving your purpose is an important distinction to understand, they’re both different objectives.  The later, achieving your purpose, is really the most important. That’s what your organization exists for.