Open Your Eyes with McKay Christensen
7 months ago

S1E8 - The Most Powerful Trait You Can Possess in Life

This week, McKay shares the most powerful trait you can possess in life that will allow you to genuinely change, lead, and influence others. Altering your view of your position compared to others, finding humility, and practicing servant leadership can have a drastic impact not only on your own life, but on the lives of others around you. Today, McKay demonstrates why this is true, and how it can be achieved. He begins by recounting the truly inspirational story of Art Berg and the lessons we can all learn from him, providing definitions of humility and pride, and describing how to find humility. He also explains the gift of servant leadership, reviews findings from studies regarding humility, and shares a moving tale involving a reporter and her involvement with the Safe Haven Act. Along the way, McKay also references a powerful resource, and leads listeners through an exercise in determining their own potential for servant leadership. As McKay states, ‘leadership is one of the most noble professions if practiced well’, and, in today’s episode, he shares his vast amount of experience and insight into how to make this a reality in your life. The Finer Details of This Episode: ·   Art Berg’s story ·   Humility and pride ·   Benjamin Franklin’s virtue list ·   Finding humility ·   The gift of servant mindset ·   Clayton Christensen’s How Will You Measure Your Life? ·   Findings from studies on humility ·   The story of Suzanne and the Safe Haven Act ·   A servant leadership exercise Quotes: “I think all of us, at some point in life, feel a little bit paralyzed, sometimes by our habits or circumstances or past choices.” “The minute Art looked outside of himself, he found strength.” “Humility is born of the willingness to accept where you are and to put others’ interests ahead of your own.” “It's not what happens to us. It's what we do with what happens to us that matters.” “Humility is not an easy virtue to acquire or practice, and it's even more difficult to apply personally in all of life’s situations.” “Pride is your greatest enemy, humility your greatest friend.” “We are often humbled by consequences that come our way as a result of our arrogance or focus on our own selfish desires or mood or need for accolades.” “Christensen goes on to suggest that God will evaluate us personally, on what we did with the circumstances in which we were placed, and how we helped others who were placed in those circumstances with us.” “Who could you serve and how could you serve?” “The most important thing you can do to be a humble leader is to change your view of your position relative to others.” “Just keep your view of your real authentic position and serve in small ways. You will change your life, and, in the end, you will measure up.” Show Links: Open Your Eyes: 10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life How Will You Measure Your Life?

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