Give to Nothing or Great??

Sometimes I see a quote and it blows my “doors off” … found this one in Stephen Covey’s “The 8th Habit”:

“I know this now. Every man gives his life to what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Some people believe in little or nothing, and so they give their lives to little or nothing …”

– Joan of Arc

It’s painful knowing people give their energies to nothing … seems to be an awful waste (my sense is they feel the “waste” too … and it’s also hurting them). Thankfully there are people as one of my friends would say who are “fighting the good fight”. And there are many – all over the place.

Even those who are lost, they’re seeking answers … it’s our job to inspire & support them. After all …

“Nothing great has ever been done alone”

– Rod Woodson

Something to ponder …



Post RDC – 7 Books that have inspired me!

To Students @ RDC,

For those of you that have come to hear about some of my favourite books, hopefully you find value in this. Personally, these have been huge in shifting my perspective!

It was a pleasure speaking with you on Tuesday. Feel free to stay in touch – you can find me on facebook.

1) Tuesday’s With Morrie – the last two pages brought “water works”… and put much perspective on what life’s really about. That being people, relationships and being in the moment.

2) The DNA of Success – this book did a great job challenging my “dreams” and defining those which are actually mine. One message that really stood out was “are you willing to climb mountains & swim rivers to achieve this dream or goal”? At the time I realized that wasn’t the case in my life … acted on that realization … as a result the mountains and rivers I have climbed have actually been a lot fun … where as before they were daunting, painful & truly an energy void.

3) Rich Dad Poor Dad – at the core this is a book about the difference between abundance thinking and scarcity thinking. It also sheds light on common assumptions about what are the best ways to make money. Be aware you take your advice from … do they have what you want? Are they a living example … if not, find someone that is and learn from them.

4) The Magic of Thinking Big – amongst many lessons, one that stands out for me is “there’s lots of room at the top”. So many people assume that it’s hard to be successful, to lead … to inspire. When in reality, so many people are thinking that way, it’s actually easier to reach the proverbial “top”. There’s less competition at the top … and more in the middle where people are scraping away for mediocrity … thinking it’s the only way.

5) The Celestine Prophecy – I read this one recently. It speaks much about “energy” and those things we can’t see, but do experience … elements of the unknown and unexplainable. One thing it discusses is “the power struggle” and how people are fighting for power all the time, b/c they think there’s a scarce amount of it. The author suggest there’s ways to tap into deeper reserviours of power … and nature is a great inlet, with an abundance, a never ending flow of energy.

6) The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey is a REMARKABLE teacher and author. This book is a constant reference point. “Seek First to Understand, then to Be Understood” is as he calls it the most important principle. It’s often said: “people don’t care what you know, until they know you care” … well this cycle plays out even in established relationships. Seek First to Understand is powerful!

7) Relationships that Work (by: Dr. David Wolf – I’m only 30 pages into this book, however I recommend it b/c I’ve taken two of their courses and it has literally changed my life. Yes, incredibly cliche I KNOW! At the same time, it’s true. Much like Red Deer College’s tag line of “When you get here you understand” … a similar perspective applies. David Wolf (& Marie Glasheen) have been instrumental in my growth … and HUGE contributors in the ease, clarity & confidence I was able to experience and deliver upon @ Red Deer College, this past Tuesday. This book is a GREAT starting place if you’re looking for that type of potential.

Enjoy & good luck!

Kyle McNeil

RDC Alumni (2002-2004)

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