Monthly Archives: October 2013

My self-reflection based on “Start with Why”

Well I only stopped reading when the battery on my ipad died last night.  I guess that is the downside of technology sometimes. But at least it gave me time to sleep.

As I have been reading the next few chapters of the book, I have been doing some self-refection. The whats we do should be in line with the whys of our life.  So I have been thinking about my core values and that the whats or behaviors I have engage in. I have realized those times when my behavior is most closely related to my core values, I have been most happy.  Those times when my whats have not matched my core values, I have problems.  I am looking forward to read more soon.  As a matter of record, the list of core values I have drafted to this point are as follows:

  • Highly value my time and interactions with family and friends.
  • Always strive to be closer to god
  • Enjoy helping others over come problems and hurdles.
  • Seek new learning experiences and intellectual challenges

My first reflections of “Start with Why”

So I am now three chapters into Simon Sinak’s book it starts with why. I am looking around the organizations I am involved with and I am screaming in my head, others should be reading this book. I’m thinking about the boy scouts organization that is dying a slow death in competition to other activities, I’m thinking about my church where membership is slowly slipping and I’m thinking of my place of employment where enrollments are stagnant.

For all of this I see how we advertise, recruit and try to retain.  Everywhere I look, I see what we do.  I don’t see why we do it.  The whats that we do can be found in a dozen other places so we use carrots to entice.  The problem is others use carrots too.  I think we need to go back and look at our beginnings, why are we here. It is the why that we need to share.  I’m looking forward to reading more and sharing this book with many other people.

TedTalk by Simon Sinek

I’m starting his book “Start with Why” Today. You can look for my reflections here as I move through the book.