Tag: vision

Trying to See With Your Eyes Closed

Trying to See With Your Eyes Closed

When was the last time…

  • you went for a blindfolded stroll in the park?
  • drove your car at night with the headlights off?
  • read a book in the dark?

I’m willing to assume your answer is somewhere along the lines of, “I’ve never done any of those things, Kenny. ” This is because you understand the value of sight. You need to see what you’re doing in order to be able to do it well.

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How You Can Love 250 People Today

Charity:WaterToday is my 27th birthday.

This morning I woke up, shaved, took a shower, brushed my teeth, and so on. It was business as usual.

I didn’t have to think about where I was going to get the water to do any of that.  My neighborhood, like every other American neighborhood, has clean water delivered to it perpetually. It’s just there.

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An Idea Becomes Reality

Are you in the loop?I love to create things.

In fact, I’m creating something today. I’ve actually been creating it for some time, but today is the day that I’m going to share it with you. If you’ll indulge me through my entrepreneurial-creative process, I’ll gladly tell you all about it.

It all starts with…

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TED Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek

“People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.”

People don’t connect with the what; the products and services that you provide. What they do connect with is the passion behind your purpose. This video brilliantly expands on this point. I’ve seen it at least 5 times and I just had to share it with you.

Enjoy.

You can download Simon’s amazing book here:
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Do me a favor and share your favorite TED talk in the comments below.

The Power of Casting Vision

Casting Vision

Yesterday, I shared my vision for the ideal Christmas morning:

I will be living in a beautiful historic home in either the Edgefield or Lockeland Springs neighborhood of East Nashville. It will be modest in size, yet loaded with charm. I’ll be laying in a queen size bed next to my beautiful wife. Our two children come running in at 7 AM and startle us both awake.

The family then goes downstairs to find a fireplace with a Christmas tree not too far off. There is a train-set assembled and ready to go, circling the tree and the modest number of presents below it. After a time of honest and thankful prayer, we exchange gifts.

The rest of the day is spent telling stories by the fire, preparing Christmas dinner, and enjoying the company of friends and family.

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An Exercise in Creating Vision

Creating and Casting VisionToday, I facilitated a discussion on vision and purpose for some fellow real estate agents. It was a great experience in which we shared the ‘Big Why’ that motivates each of us. As a part of the class/discussion, I posed the following exercise:

Please describe your ideal Christmas morning.

I’m asking each of you to do the same below in the comments section. Come back tomorrow or subscribe to see what the next step in the exercise is.

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Setting People on Fire (Not Literally)

How to Set People on FireDo you get excited when you talk about what you do? Do you feel yourself slip into a frenzy of over-exaggerated enthusiasm when you describe your line of work? Do you seek out opportunities to communicate your vision to the people around you? Are you going to explode if you can’t get every single person you meet to see that vision with you?

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What Are You Built Upon?

If you didn’t know, my primary vocation is real estate. You can learn more about that by visiting The Silva Group. When I take clients out to see homes and they find one they really like, I tend to disappear. They’re wandering around the house, dreaming about where to put furniture and what they’ll do in their new home, so they usually don’t notice.

Where did I go? 9 times out of 10, you’d find me under the house poking around. You can learn a lot about a house by carefully observing the foundation upon which it was built. I’m no structural engineer, and I’ve never to pretended to be one, but I know a solid foundation when I see one. If I see excessive cracks, displacement, poor craftsmanship, etc., you better believe we’re moving on to the next house.

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Digging the Dirt

Kenny Silva | Faith Based LeadershipWhat if you dared to tell the truth and the entire world hated you for it? How would you feel if you pulled someone out of a burning building and they hung you from a tree in return? Would you stand up and shout from the rooftops what you know to be absolute truth, knowing full well that it would lead to ridicule, exile, torture, and death?

Jesus did just that.

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