Today, June 6, 2017, I turn 40. I remember when my dad turned 40 and everyone brought balloons and gifts that said “over the hill.” It’s slightly depressing to think that the rest of life is supposed to be “downhill” from here. Well, I am not planning to coast downhill; I plan to keep learning and growing!
However, when I think about my life, I have spent the first 40 years climbing proverbial mountains. It hasn’t been easy and I’ve taken a few falls, but for the most part I have accomplished everything I have ever set out to do. It’s by God’s grace that I have accomplished so much and become the person that I am today.
Rock Climbing Team at West Point
One of my former leaders at Chick-fil-A Macland Crossing used to tell me that she thought I was like an “80-year-old in a younger body.” I’ve learned a ton (and am still learning), and have a lot of wisdom to share with others. Over my next 40 years, that is exactly what I plan to do. I want to teach my children and those that I’m fortunate enough to mentor what I’ve learned about life and leadership.
Unfortunately, not everyone can move to Polk County, GA and work at my Chick-fil-A franchise, which is why I plan to invest in the lives of others through my blog, writing books, speaking and coaching. It’s how I plan to “pay it forward.” It’s not about the money; in fact, 100% of my profit from the book I have written (Leader Farming) will be donated to non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the lives of others.
According to Wikipedia, “a value proposition is a promise of value to be delivered, communicated, and acknowledged. It is also a belief from the customer about how value (benefit) will be delivered, experienced and acquired.”
My value proposition to my family, friends, readers and members of my team at Chick-fil-A is a promise to share with you things I have learned to help you grow and become the best version of yourself. Many leaders do not think about their value proposition. Why would people want to follow you or be led by you? What message do you portray to them about your motive?
I want to make it very clear that I plan to spend my next 40 years helping others grow and become Leader Farmers!