Mission Statements – part 2

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Young couple in love outdoor.

I went through a large portion of my life without a mission statement.  I remember thinking, “mission statements are for suckers” or something equally as stupid.  Then I remember a few years where the idea of a mission statement didn’t sound so stupid after all.  Then I recall a few years where I thought “I need me one of those” or something equally as brilliant.  Then, a few years later, I actually sat down and started to put one to paper.  Looking back I wish I would have done it much, much sooner.  But perhaps this is the natural cycle.  None the less if I could have done it over again I would have made one sooner.

From the time I put it on paper to the time I thought of it as final-ish (I think it is ok to tweak them as you grow) about two to three weeks passed.  I visited it once a week for a few weeks and it was done.  Immediately after I finished it, I recall a feeling of great peace – it was a very settling feeling.  Within days I noticed how it made decisions easier – it made life less stressful.  Especially as an entrepreneur, you will get several people who come to you with ideas for companies and ventures and projects and the like.  This is all good and awesome and a gift.  Still, we can’t do them all well. Having a mission statement acts as a helpful filter to these types of decisions.  I am of the belief that a good mission statement helps us make all sorts of decisions better and with the end in mind – so as not to be distracted from what is really important.

A tip to get you started

One of my mentors recommended an online tool that Franklin Covey makes available for free called the mission statement builder.  My family has used this tool many times as a starting point for mission statements.  It asks a series of questions that will help you determine your values, which is a great place to start when creating a mission statement.


 A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.


Anyone have any other tips on creating mission statements?  Any stories about how yours has helped you make a tough decision?  As always comments re: good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned would be the coolest but anything is cool.  


Mission Statements – part 1

“Without a really good mission statement you have the potential to get to the top of the ladder
only to find it is leaning against the wrong building.”

-Dan Miller



Another quote that comes to mind here is “Begin with the end in mind” from Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Mr. Miller’s quote above paints a great picture of climbing a ladder.  So many of us are hard workers.  Many of us are even very intentional about our focus, goal setting and the like.  But if we skip this step of stopping to develop our mission in life, to what end are we working, focusing and toiling away?  It would be a shame to finally get to the top, after all that hard work, and realize we weren’t happy with where we were.

A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.


As always comments re: good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned would be the coolest but anything is cool.  


“Dreams become a reality only when you pull them gently from the clouds and convert them to visions.”  

-Dave Ramsey



Vision is key to sustaining motivation for yourself and those around you.  In The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni lays out a set of six questions that he feels will help organizations create clarity.  The first of the six questions is ‘Why do we exist?” Lencioni suggests the answer to this question should be something just short of “to make the world a better place.”  A vision is something that will likely never change for and organization.  It should inspire and fulfil.  It should be something people can get passionate about.  Our vision at Mavidea is to “Have fun serving others.”  How cool is that?  Our vision at internrocket is to “Help people do what they were designed to do.”  That just gets me fired up everytime I see it.

 A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.

What is your organization’s vision?  Have you heard of any inspiring visions worth sharing?  How about resources for developing visions? Also, as always comments re: good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned would be the coolest but anything is cool.


“Dreaming is a sign you have hope.  Dreaming is a sign you still think you can win.  Dreaming keeps you young.”

-Dave Ramsey


Sailing regatta, during sunset.

Dreaming is important.  I once learned a lesson to harness my dreaming potential into something entrepreneurial.  The tactic started with a simple human hack.  Here’s the hack:

When you get frustrated or even simply inconvenienced, train yourself to take a note.

Often these inconveniences turn into companies.  The idea is, if you are inconvenienced, frustrated, or even in pain – someone else might be feeling the same thing.  Maybe a lot of people are and you can help them!  This is a simple way  you can find an opportunity to serve lots of people.  Pretty cool for something that started out as a pain in the rear huh?

If you know you are destined to be an entrepreneur but are looking for your big idea, try asking your friends and family to keep a similar log and send you their notes from time to time.  Did you ever think listening to someone complain could be a gold mine? It can.

 A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.

Anyone have any examples of companies that started this way?  How about inconveniences of your own that might make a company?  


“The most untutored person with passion is more persuasive than the most eloquent without.”

-La Rochefoucauld


A small boy playing

Passion is a great washer of imperfection.  Passion instills trust and trust is so awesome in relationships.  As a lead entrepreneur do not be afraid to show your passion.  If you do not have passion, perhaps you are after the wrong thing or more likely you are just not looking at what you are doing in the right light.  How is what you are doing making peoples lives better?  Get intentional about that.  Focus on it.  Get passionate about that and watch the floodgates of favor open for you.


 A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.


What are you passionate about?  Comments re: good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned would be the coolest but anything is cool.  


Entreleaders Are Powerful – part 2

“Entreleaders understand that ultimately the only power they can use to grow a quality team is the power of persuasion.”  

-Dave Ramsey   

If you have never read How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, it is one of the best books I have ever read on how to relate to people and serve them well.  In this classic, Dale Carnegie suggests the best way to persuade is to arise in the person an eager want.  Taking his instruction further leads us to working to put ourselves in their shoes and do the best we can to see things from their point of view.  To do this he suggests that we will need to get to know them.  The better we know them the easier it will be to see things from their point of view and and help them get something they want.  What goes without saying here is that we are not going to get someone to do something that is not in their best interest.  This is all about alignment.  Learning about people, working to see things from their point of view, and helping them see how they can get what they want.  It is all about serving people.  Entreprenuers who understand this are powerful.


 A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.

Comments re: good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned would be the coolest but anything is cool.

Entreleaders Are Powerful – part 1

“To be a real Entreleader you have to realize you have great power but seldom use it.”  

-Dave Ramsey   


This reminds me of a lesson I learned from a mentor of mine who started his career at an accounting firm we all know.  Through his position at this firm he often found himself at board type meetings with very powerful people.  Over time he noticed something particular about how these people with great power conducted themselves in large meetings.  Something that I felt was not obvious or intuitive to a young entrepreneur with new found position and power – but maybe it was just me.  He told me that he noticed most people with real power and authority rarely made definitive statements.  That is they rarely wielded it.  Instead they would mostly listen and ask great questions (two other classic leadership traits that I’m still working on).  Interesting.

 A takeaway from Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey.


Why do you suppose they did this?  

Comments re: good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned would be the coolest but anything is cool.