There was a period of time when my wife and I used to love camping.
The campground where we stayed had a social committee, and for a brief period of time, I was their President.
Whether you are the President of the United States or the President of the social committee at a campground, there are a number of groups who will insist that their voices be heard.
In the case of the campground:
You had the parents who felt there should be more activities focused on their kids.
You had some adults who wanted to see more dances and social events geared towards a more mature audience.
The poker players were fine as long as you didn’t interfere with poker night.
And there were those who felt the campground would close down if you didn’t run bingo every weekend.
But the toughest and most dangerous were part of a collective known as the TITWWHADI – This Is The Way We Have Always Done It.
Want to run a kids’ activity at the same time as bingo?
That is outrageous.
Want more than one dance in a month?
That is outlandish.
When I eventually gave my resignation, it was because I grew sick and tired of having to answer to the TITWWHADI.
It might surprise you to find out that the TITWWHADI is not just a group of stubborn people.
It is a progress-consuming virus intent on destroying any advancements it can find.
Excellence and TITWWHADI cannot coexist in the same environment. TITWWHADI demands you stick with the status quo, while excellence requires you to challenge it.
TITWWHADI is a gasoline-consuming, VHS tape-playing, industrial-age mindset in an electric/hybrid, digital download, mobile-age world.
If there is one thing I have learned from its existence, it is this:
IF YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT IN THIS LIFE, YOU MUST NEVER EVER SURRENDER YOUR GOALS & DREAMS TO THE TITWWHADI.
My name is John, and I’m thrilled to introduce myself
I am a dedicated husband to my wonderful wife and a proud father of two amazing children. In addition, I am blessed to be a loving papa to three adorable grandchildren. These roles bring immense joy and fulfillment to my life.
Two titles i identify by, that tend to grab attention: Leadership Advocate and Storyteller. These two titles are closely intertwined and warrant further explanation.
To me, being a leader means being an effective communicator. I firmly believe that storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to convey a message and connect with others. A good leader possesses the ability to inspire and motivate through the art of storytelling.