Iron sharpens iron. Sharing dreams. Growing strong through vulnerability. Illuminating blind spots. Creating legacy through applied wisdom. Making an impact.
Short sentences which are long on meaning.
I was in Dallas, Texas just a few days ago. I was invited, along with Jenny, to an invitation only mastermind gathering entitled The Conversation. It was an incredible gathering and a true cross section of individuals all of whom are filled with the desire to impact the world and make it a better place. I sat with budding new authors, like myself, as well as professional athletes, speakers, coaches and CEO’s; One-hundred movers and shakers from all over the world who came together because they care.
Though we all share a desire to make an impact, we do so from a variety of perspectives and it is exactly these differing perspectives that make our efforts so powerful. There were authors seeking to create change with their words. There were speakers who long to ignite change with their voice. There were athletes who yearn for their lives to be a shining example as well as others serving in a variety of careers. All of these people chose to journey to one place to discuss and explore.
We gathered in the forest in four separate circles. Each circle was geared toward a particular topic. Blind Spots. Legacy. Impact. Wisdom. What happened next was life changing.
Each circle had an individual to keep the conversation moving and on topic. There was a small fire in the center, which served as the only light when darkness fell. I think that this allowed the more shy individuals to find the courage to speak and share their hearts. There was complete transparency as people shared their triumphs as well as their times spent at rock bottom.
I learned many things that night and am still processing much of it. We talked about blind spots and wondered how you could know if you even have one, which we often do. We explored the beauty of having a circle of friends or a trusted circle of people to speak into your life. Such people can offer keen insight without bias. Someone asked how does one create such a group and others encouraged them to purposely seek them out.
We talked of legacy. What besides money or material possessions will you leave behind when you are gone? Think about that and understand that your life is your legacy, whatever that may be. It’s good to have your assets protected and passed on to your family, but the example you live and the words you speak will be your truest legacy.
That legacy will be your impact. Know this: You don’t have to be dead to have a legacy. You’re building it right now. There are limitless ways to impact the world for good and you already have, or are developing, the talents that will equip you. Legacy is ripples and those ripples will continue long after you’re gone.
When you set out to reduce your blind spots, create a lasting legacy, and make an impact you will by necessity experience many ups and downs. You will succeed and you will fail. These fires of experience, trial and error are the furnace in which wisdom is forged. After you pass through enough fires you will begin to accumulate a great storehouse of wisdom. Then, you can use that wisdom to eliminate blind spots, create your legacy and make an impact. A circle, much like the ones in which these conversations were held. A circle has no beginning or an end. This is life and this is your life. What will you do with it?
This gathering taught me many things. I witnessed individuals who became completely vulnerable amongst total strangers. I saw individuals grasp every nugget of truth as if they were precious diamonds. I saw individuals who asked questions and I saw individuals who questioned the questions as a way of deflection.
I learned that no matter your station in life you have something to give and something you need to receive ; I learned that there is a time to speak and there is a time to listen.
I've learned that opportunities have a way of showing themselves when you have opened your eyes to see.