Archive for October 24, 2013

The Black Door

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There’s a Middle Eastern story of a spy who had been captured and sentenced to death by a general of the Persian army. The general had fallen upon a strange and rather bizarre custom. He permitted the condemned person to make a choice. He could either face the firing squad or pass through the black door.

As the moment of execution drew near, the general ordered the spy to be brought before him for a short, final interview, the primary purpose of which was to receive the answer of the doomed man to the question: “Which shall it be – the firing squad or the black door?”

This was not an easy question, and the prisoner hesitated, but soon he made it known that he much preferred the firing squad. Not long thereafter, a volley of shots in the courtyard announced the grim sentence had been fulfilled. The general, staring at his boots, turned to his aide and said, “You see how it is with men; they will always prefer the known way to the unknown. It is characteristic of people to be afraid of the undefined. And yet I gave him his choice.”

“What lies behind the black door?” asked the aide. “Freedom,” replied the general, “and I’ve known only a few men brave enough to take it.”

– Original author unknown

The cautious do not live at all photo thecautiousdonotliveatall_zps3fc378a9.jpgChoosing the unknown takes more bravery than it would seem! It is human nature to choose what is comfortable or familiar over the unknown. “Familiar” is not bad or even wrong, but it can keep us from better things and opportunities. Naturally, we have a fear of the unknown that can be crippling to our futures

What is the black door in front of you right now?

Will you choose comfort and familiarity?

Or freedom?


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Author bio // Emily Sue is a wife, writer, succulent garden grower, iphoneographer, coffee enthusiast, and Leadership Specialist at TeamTRI. Transplanted from northern Wisconsin to the plains of Oklahoma, she pontificates a lot about family life and pursuing one’s dreams on her personal blog

The True Secret to Success: Giving

The Go Giver

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann is an astounding parable of a young professional, Joe, who is about to lose a big business deal and is desperately trying to get his sales numbers up. Through a series of events, he acquires the help of The Chairman and discovers that the true secret to success is giving. Along the way, he meets five of The Chairman’s friends who each teach Joe one of the laws of stratospheric success:

The 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success:

1. The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.

2. The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.

3. The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.

4. The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.

5. The Law of Receptivity: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.

Once you pick this book up, you might not be able to put it down. There are so many valuable leadership lessons wrapped up inside that, once applied,  will propel you forward in your next venture. As you wrap up the last chapter, you will most likely find your mind full of new possibilities, and  you might also find yourself longing for some of Rachel’s amazing coffee.

The book has excellent reviews:

goodreads: 96% of people liked it, 4.28 average rating, 1791 ratings, 290 reviews.

Amazon: 4.8 rating out of 345 reviews.

Get your copy of the Go-Giver HERE.

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Author bio // Emily Sue is a wife, writer, succulent garden grower, iphoneographer, coffee enthusiast, and Leadership Specialist at TeamTRI. Transplanted from northern Wisconsin to the plains of Oklahoma, she pontificates a lot about family life and pursuing one’s dreams on her personal blog