Sometimes, we just have to stop and consider what we think about various aspects of our lives and culture and wonder “do I need to reconsider?”
In our July issue of Leadership Guide Magazine , we present an intriguing interview with Stephen Palmer, co-author of Killing Sacred Cows. Palmer provides some intriguing viewpoints to enlarge on or even change our thinking about finances, leadership, and personal happiness.
Consider Palmer’s definition of leadership: 1) knowing exactly who you are and what your calling is, 2) doing the right things to pursue your unique calling, and 3) serving others using all the talents and resources with which you’ve been blessed. As he points out, this definition is broader than some of the pat answers spouted by many “leadership gurus.”
By looking deeply at “sacred cow” beliefs in ourselves and in our culture, we can get closer to our real purpose in our brief time on this Earth: our Soul Purpose:
“Calling, mission, Soul Purpose—whatever you want to call it—is so vital. Too many people think that leadership means front-stage fame and glory—the executive seat where you make all the decisions,” Palmer says in our Leader in Action interview . “But “backstage” leadership is every bit as important, although rarely recognized. For example, I was born to be a writer. I serve the world best through writing. I will never be a public speaker, and I want nothing to do with that world. My gifts mean I can influence society much better by staying at home in my office cranking out words than I can being on stages, running for political office, appearing on TV.”
In the second article, we overview his outstanding book Killing Sacred Cows , that he co-authored with Garrett Gunderson. This book focuses on personal finance, what the true meaning of prosperity really is, and overall happiness.