My attempt to blog more regularly (as with my attempt to exercise, go on a monster man-trip with the boys, eating less fried foods) has failed. But it’s my birthday again and I need to write down a few things I’m learning. It’s been a wild roller-coaster of a few years. Bottom line. Following Jesus is straight up nuts.
A few things learned in and around the last 24 months:
- There will always be problems. I used to think, the moment there are no problems, life will be good. But life can’t be measured that way. If we attempt to do anything that is half way worthwhile in life, there will be struggles, lots of them. Leaders are there to solve problems. That’s our job.
- Quick decision making is vital to leadership. I’ve spent the better part of my life not wanting to be wrong. The problem is that I’m still wrong plenty of times. It’s vital to assess quickly, decide swiftly and adjust on the fly. It’s easier to steer a ship that is already moving. The people who follow you are also waiting – they prefer decisiveness and are more forgiving than we give them credit for.
- Following Jesus is success. In an age when maximizing venture round funding is like sport, I have to root myself in the fact that I am His son, His beloved and I am about the work of my Father. He takes care of me. He leads me. My life doesn’t belong to me. Success is following him, pleasing him, being on adventure with him. He is the prize.
I’ll be back at 43.