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This video is a gem: Bill Murray and Harry Caray providing the commentary for the first ever night game played at Wrigley.  The icing on the cake: the first batter has a home run AND the game gets rained out.  Sounds about right for the Cubs.

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Today is June 6, 2013 – sixty nine years ago today the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in what was perhaps the boldest military invasion in history.  160,000 American, British, and Canadian soldiers landed on the beaches of France to begin the long, bloody battle to liberate France and the rest of Nazi occupied Europe.

On this day I find myself reflecting on the daunting task they faced.  Reflecting on their courage, their strength, and their ultimate accomplishment.  Reflecting on the uncertainty they faced and what must have been going through their minds as they waded through that water.  Reflecting on the perspective their situation, their efforts, and their triumph provides.  

I find their strength inspires strength in me; for I know my problems are trivial compared to not only theirs, but anyone living through that period.  It makes today’s problems seem small and conquerable.  And it reminds me that we have some very big shoes to fill.

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

I’ve been periodically watching this video for a few years and I’ve been meaning to blog about it for quite a while.  This 20 minute talk is well worth your time – the concept is simple but resonates incredibly well.

The punchline: why you do something is more important than what you do or how you do it.  That’s not to say the “how” or “what” aren’t important but it’s the “why” that ranks supreme.  People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.

There are leaders and there are those who lead.  Leaders are people with power and authority, we follow them because we have to.  Those who lead inspire us, we follow them because we want to.

The Golden Circle

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