Unfortunately, progress has gotten a bad name. The word has been hijacked and many use it to mean a political agenda that encourages leaving moral absolutes and classical values behind. This is not the real meaning of the word progress.
Merriam-Webster defines progress as “gradual betterment; especially: the progressive development of humankind.” ”Progressive development“ itself is not as intimidating as the common vernacular is now understood.
It’s time that we revert to the real meaning of the word progress and embrace it for what it is—”betterment of society.” There’s no reason to be scared of progress.
Who would have thought that the homeschool dad was the “progressive”?
Last week Teresa and I received a letter from the junior high school that our daughter is about to enter. After years of homeschooling, our oldest will be the first in our family to go off to school. She’s rather excited, and so are we, but being that we’re the newbies, we find ourselves reading everything in great detail to make sure that we’re up to speed.
I was shocked and wish I hadn’t read the package that was sent with the new “Cell Phone Policy.”
Purpose. High performing businesses have it and in his book “Faith at Work: Finding Purpose beyond the Paycheck”, Kevin Lowry explores why you should too. This video offers a preview into both the book and why your job might not be as fulfilling as you hoped it would be.
Think about it. The first creature to strike out on his own - to decide that working for someone else wasn’t an option – was the devil. He decided that working in hell for himself was a much better option than working in paradise for someone else.
Considering a jump into the wild? Let me recommend that you first consider two tips on becoming an entrepreneur:
I’ve always said that the first nine months of life are for mothers. As a dad, it’s hard to get excited about watching an infant sleep, changing dippers, and cuddling. Once they start smiling, laughing, crawling, exploring, and playing, the world changes. I usually don’t hit stride with my kids until they are 9 to 18 months old. Don’t get me wrong, I love them to pieces, but they just aren’t that fun until they start doing stuff.
Somehow, the fun of doing seems to escalate as they grow. What joy it is to hear your daughter say her first words or watch your son take his first steps. Funny thing though, it turns out that this is not nearly as exciting as dancing with Cinderella or telling your little slugger to slide as he beats the play at the plate. There’s something special about watching your kids grow up and seeing them develop personalities, experience new thrills, and yes, even gain independence.
I returned from another trip to Rome this past week, participating in the second annual symposium for the Foundation for Evangelization through the Media. It was great to see many of the friends I met at last year’s symposium and meet several new ones.
The highlight of the trip was Sunday afternoon, getting gelato and touring the Vatican with Tom Peterson of Catholics Come Home and John Sutton, a fellow entrepreneur before heading out to watch the NFL playoffs with entrepreneurs Sean O’Hare and Chris Tyrrell.
Not many people have a strong work ethic these days. Those that do understand their responsibilities, work hard to fulfill them, and go the extra mile when necessary. I have a profound respect for people who value hard work and diligence and see them as morally beneficial and character building. For those who share this value system, a strong work ethic often becomes a passion, not just an obligation.
Have you ever stopped to think about the contrasts between your work and personal lives? Why is it that we proactively work to navigate our careers while we fail to navigate our lifelong journey? Why do we spend so much time defining a mission, vision, and values for our company but fail to even think about doing it for our marriage? Maybe I’m the only one, but it seems as though we’re not nearly as strategic outside of the office – especially when it comes to our marriage.