Lesson 4

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Leading By Example

We’ve all got areas we need to improve; areas in our life where we are not leading by example.

Every man has parts of his life where he can talk the talk, but he can’t walk the walk.

In the US Marines, it was vital to avoid this mindset wherever possible – which meant being willing to do everything you tell your troops to do. But life isn’t a battlefield – gents. In everyday life – it’s the small battles that allow us to prove our metal. Chances are there are things that you tell your family, friends, and coworkers to do, that you don’t do yourself.

I’ll be honest, guys – I’m no exception to this. For me, it’s not being a good community member.

I’ve lived in the same area for over a decade and I don’t have many local friends. I tend not to socialize with my neighbors because I don’t think I have too much in common with them. I haven’t even given it a try.

I needed to make a change – so I committed to helping out my community by working with my local grocery store and providing groceries and coupons for families in need.

Guess what? In the short time that I’ve been doing this, I’ve already started getting to know people. In just 1 month, I’ve become a better community member than I have been in the past 10+ years!

Action Task

So now you need to think – where are you dropping the ball?

How can you do a better job of walking the walk and leading by example?

As with everything we’ve covered in this course – this doesn’t have to be anything huge. It can be as simple as showing up on time if you’re the friend that’s always running slightly behind (while complaining about others who do the same).

Think, be honest with yourself and take your first step in your commitment to talking the talk AND walking the walk.


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