What Makes Us Great
Hey guys, it’s Brendon and in this episode I want to talk to you about what’s going to make you feel the most fulfilled, the most excellent and the most likely to achieve and succeed and accomplish your dreams. What will it be?When we really think about it:
- What makes a great person these days?
- What really makes someone extraordinary?
- What makes somebody stand out?
- What’s going to make you feel like you’re contributing your best? Like you’re making your difference and that you’re always aspiring to be a better human, but you’re also achieving along the way?
I would argue that, that thing that makes us great is generosity.
The ability to be generous to others with:
- Your time,
- Your attention,
- Your mentorship,
- Your care,
- Your love,
- Your patience,
- Your forgiveness,
- Your understanding,
- Your spirit,
- Your energy.
In a world today where no one will even take time to say, “Hello” or to call somebody or to show a measure of appreciation, when you do that, you stand out but you also light up in your soul. It changes everything:
When you’re willing to be different.
When you’re willing to be generous with people.
Because it’s really, it’s a very biblical thing—ask and you shall receive.
I also think that, in terms of career, and in terms of chasing your dreams, give and you shall receive.
Give as much of your heart and your spirit and your life and your voice to this world, this time, this day, this person in front of you because we only get one shot at this life, and today it never happens, you don’t see it.
I’m blessed to be here and shooting this video at my writers’ villa, where I come to write and now shoot these episodes. I can share with you all this when I got here and then what I think about the space, it came from a position of generosity and it came from a position of generosity in my life so long ago when I had a high school mentor Mrs. Baloo who believed in me.
She saw me take some pictures and she said, “You know those pictures are pretty good.” Even though honestly looking back they were kind of crap. But she cheered me on anyway because I was putting effort and she could see I was kind of passionate about it. And she said, “You know? You could probably write and you could probably shoot these photographs.”
Nobody had really told me I had any potential before. Here’s this person for no reason saying, “You could probably do this” and I started doing it and she’d cheer me on and cheer me on. And her generosity of her time or effort, her mentorship—there was no reason she did it, she just believed in me.
But you know what?
She believed in everybody around her.
She was always cheering people on, always rewarding effort, always telling people to pursue their passions and believe in themselves.
I’m here today, I get to do this work with you and millions of people see these videos and hear me online or watch my posts online or read my emails every single week because this woman who is a teacher at a simple high school, in a simple town, with a simple, beautiful generous spirit said, “I believe in you kid.”
And I hope you’re telling some people that you believe in them.
Is there somebody in your life who deserves a little bit of…
- some love right now?
Go be generous with them tonight.
Pick up the phone and call them and be generous. Write them a generous note or generous email.
You know what? We don’t have enough of people cheering it on.
I think about, right before we shot this video we went to lunch, up the road here and there’s this cute little sort of local store. We came at the local store and across the way these little kids were, set up shop outside a minivan and they were selling ice tea, cookies, lemonade, packets of strawberries. Their parents were posted up across the street in lawn chairs in the sun, just watching the kids make a couple of bucks selling some lemonade and stuff.
My buddy Travis Shields here and I, we walked across the street and walked up to them (Travis shoots all of my videos).
We walked up to them and got a cookie, got a lemonade or iced tea for both of us and just cheering on the kids, “Hey good job, how many people stopped by?” and just talking about their thing.
And I think the bill came out to like three bucks. Something like that.
So I said, “Do you have change?” and I showed them a twenty-dollar bill.
I said, “Do you have change for this?”
She said, “Oh yeah, I got change for that!” So she started getting change.
I said, “Well hold on. If I don’t ask for this change and I give you this, will you use your money to go buy a book? Any book you want, but just go get a book so you can read some more. Keep reading.”
She’s like, “Oh yeah!”And she snatched that twenty dollars out of my hand and I know she’ll probably go read. And then we just cheered her on and we left andwhat was that?
I didn’t ask her about my books…though that’d be cool!
No, I really was just saying, “Read.”
We were being generous to her in that situation.
Here’s a girl. She’s just trying to make some money. She just set up a little lemonade stand.
I never, ever drive by a lemonade stand without pulling over, going up to the kids and cheering them on, “Hey good for you. Making some money? Are you having fun? Hey did you make this? What did you put in there? Why is this better than everyone else’s? This is the best thing ever!”
Be generous in your prays when others put effort forward in life and that will lead you down to the path of greatness.
Hope you enjoyed this one. I look forward to seeing you in the next one.
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As always go out there every single day of your life, live fully, love openly and make your difference today.
And do me one favor.
Realize the greatest charge you’re ever going to give to people is your positivity and your generosity.
You deserve that.
There’s someone in your life who also deserves it.
So, give that tonight and you’ll start to experience what we call, The Charged Life.
What Makes Us Great
You Deserve to Live a Life that AMAZES People.
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