Go from making an impression to making an impact. @drrickrigsby shares: lessons from a third grade dropout.
the wisest person i ever met in my life is a third grade dropout. the person, who taught me to combine knowledge and wisdom to make an impact, was my father 👴🏾, a simple cook. he left school in the third grade to help out on the family farm, but just because he left school doesn’t mean his education stopped.
1. mark twain once said, “i’ve never allowed my schooling to get in the way of my education.” my father taught himself how to read, taught himself how to write, decided he was going to stand and be a man, not a black man, not a brown man, not a white man, but a man. he literally challenged himself to be the best that he could, all his life. if you think you can or if you think you can’t, you’re right.
2. "you'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.” for nearly 30 years, my father left the house at 3:45 in the morning. "maybe one of my boys will catch me in the act of excellence," he told my mom.
3. aristotle said, “you are what you repeatedly do.” therefore, excellence ought to be a habit, not an act. don’t ever forget that. always remember to be kind, always. don’t ever forget that.
4. next lesson, a lesson from a cook. "make sure your servant’s towel is bigger than your ego." ego is the anesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity. pride is the burden of a foolish person.
5. john wooden coached basketball at ucla for a living, but his calling was to impact people, and with all those national championships, guess what he was found doing in the middle of the week? going into the cupboard, grabbing a broom and sweeping his own gym floor. you want to make an impact? find your broom. every day of your life, find your broom.
6. final lesson. “if you’re going to do a job, do it right.” i’ve always been told how average i can be, always been criticized about being average. i stand here before you before all of these people, not listening to those words, but telling myself every single day to shoot for the stars, to be the best that i can be. good enough isn’t good enough if it can be better, and better isn’t good enough if it can be best.
I know i had everyone all worked up about the new spot last year and then my world got flipped upside down, i apologize, trust me i wanted that place and my family life to work out more than anything...... but i got some interesting calls last week that might make this new restaurant a reality... share if you want too..hate if you want to, or simply show love if you want to.. it's all good with me, i'm not letting anyone stop me this time...i got some people i gotta settle up with and then get crackn... stay hungry people..... if you build it, they will come... #thejoint#lebanon#dontbelievemejustwatch