The Power of an Outside Voice
"Jon, never underestimate the power of an outside voice."
A CEO shared these words with me after I had just spoken to his company.
"We brought you here to reinforce our
message," he said. "Our folks get tired of hearing us say it but when it
comes from an outside voice it's new, fresh and exciting."
I knew exactly what he was talking about.
Even though I'm brought in to speak to
some of the biggest names in sports and business my kids have little
interest in hearing what I have to say.
From what many parents tell me on my travels I know I'm not alone.
So, besides having my kids read my
books and writing inspirational messages on whiteboards in their rooms,
I've resorted to outside voices to reinforce the message and principles I
want to share with them.
I have found coaches, tutors, mentors, experts, etc to encourage, coach, teach, push and bring out the best in my children.
I also give my children books to read (such as Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf) and share inspiring Youtube videos and messages from role models such as Mo Isom, Daniel Rodriguez, Erwin McManus, Alexis Jones, Eric Thomas, Bailey Obrien and other inspirational people.
There's something about the power of an
outside voice and I want to encourage you to use outside voices to
share and reinforce important principles and messages with your team at
work and at home.
I will do all I can do to support you
by continuing to write books, give talks and provide even more free
resources to be an outside voice for you and others. I know it’s my
purpose and I'm glad to be of help since no one will listen to me at my
home. : )
But please know there are many outside
voices out there and I encourage you to find the right people and
resources to share with your work team and ask family members,
neighbors, friends, teachers and mentors to encourage and teach your
children and team at home.
There's the power of an outside voice and you can start tapping into one today!