Like in years past, I was fortunate to be a presenter once again at last month's annual Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Leadership Conference.
Since I returned I have been honored by the number of people who shared their thoughts with me on one session I offered called "You're Not Leading, You're Stealing: It's Time to Lead". This idea comes from that session.
What role does faith play in you discovering and living your purpose?
With the exception of a couple peripheral references to that question here, here and here, this is not an idea we have explored much. But, it is worth taking a look at.
In October of last year I had the good fortune to meet Kermit Hovey, Director of Operations and Development at Care of Creation (CofC), a faith-based environmental action organization and ministry. CofC is just one example of the numerous ways people combined the “purposefulness” of non-profit work with faith.
Below I share with you the heart of Mr. Hovey’s correspondence with me about his faith how that inspires his purposeful living.
P.S. - I am sharing these ideas just a handful of days before Care of Creation holds its Tenth Anniversary Celebration. You are invited to the party! Festivities begin at 6:30 pm April 18, 2015 at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St, Madison, WI. The gathering time will offer conversation, light refreshments and desserts. The formal program begins at 7:30 with a scheduled keynote from Cal DeWitt, UW Madison Professor Emeritus of the Nelson Institute and father of modern Evangelical Environmentalism. For details and to RSVP please go here. I hope to see you there.
I love the Great Courses by the Teaching Company. If you are not familiar with this company they produce a series of college-level audio and video courses in partnership with highly recognizable professors and experts.
This idea comes from their course entitled Art of Conflict Management: Achieving Solutions for Life, Work and Beyond by Professor Michael Dues at University of Arizona.
You may have noticed that this website has a new look. If you haven't had the chance to check it out I would really love to hear what you think. Please go here and then shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts or just share a comment below.
But a prettier website is not why I'm writing you today. I am writing because I never thought that giving this site a makeover would be so personally meaningful and hopefully useful to you.
OK, of course no organization is perfect but having clarity, aligning your mission and values to your operations, and making a measurable impact gets us pretty darn close. If you cannot use the terms "vision", "clarity", "impact", and "aligned" then I have the opportunity for you.
This year the crew behind Madison Non-Profit Day have done me the great honor of inviting me to present during one of their extended pre-conference sessions. I will share with you And, there are still some tickets available.
The pre-conference sessions happen on October 1st and the conference itself happens all day on October 2nd. Your ticket gives you access to both, but I recommend that you pre-register to make sure you get into my session. This year there is even an opportunity to schedule a one-on-one mentoring session with an expert in your specific area of need. This is a brilliant way grow your leadership capacity, especially if you close to Madison, WI or you can get here.
You can learn more about Madison Non-Profit Day and even register for the conference here. Alternatively, you can see a description of all of the pre-conference sessions, and you can sign-up directly for both the conference and the pre-conference sessions by going here.
P.S. - If enough of you MightyPurposers come out for this, maybe we can schedule a special dinner for members of this community. Let me know if you can make it. I can be reached at email@example.com.
Once upon a time, in a land far away, in a time long ago, there was a man. The thing he loved was doomed and he knew it. That meant he was chosen to do something about it.
If a saint takes on the downside so others can have the upside, this man was fairly saint-like, taking much of the downside that comes with being an unapologetic prophet, with a terrible, non-stop travel schedule and a willingness to put himself out there for what he believed.
It shouldn't surprise you that this man made a lot of enemies. In fact most of his enemies only really agreed on one thing - how much they disliked this guy. When those enemies made their move the man's friends and followers abandoned him. Worst of all, he didn't end up saving the thing he loved.
In the end the man died a brutal, public death all alone.
374 days ago, give or take a day, I wrote an e-letter to you. It started off like this.
My name is Sterling Lynk.
So a year later, how do you think I did? What has been your experience of this purpose-project of mine? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or, better yet, use the comment section below.
I Ask Because...
I am asking because MightyPurposeMe is changing.
The mission can't change. This is my purpose-project; it is intended to be the current best expression of my purpose. If you want live your purpose, I am here to help. I am here to help you do meaningful, good, powerful, soul-in-the-game stuff.
I just need to do it better.
P.S. - Are you struggling with meaningful, good, powerful, soul-in-the-game stuff? Shoot me an email at email@example.com and tell me about it.