Shout-out: Start with why: How great leaders inspire action (a TED talk)

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Our Saturday morning shout-outs highlight a post/article/book/other that I’ve come across lately that deserves exactly that: a ‘shout-out.’ The goal here is to hopefully introduce my readers to other authors or bloggers that have had an impact on me, my writing, and my life.


This week’s shout-out is: Start with why: How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek (a TED talk)



Simon Sinek is a well-accomplished author, leadership guru, entrepreneur, and former advertising account manager for many large companies you’ve heard of. His book of the same title (that I am currently reading) was given to me by one of our advisors just a few months before we filed the papers for our new business.


Have you ever experienced something, determined it wasn’t for you, then gone back a few years/months/days later and changed your mind? That’s what happened with me and this book. I didn’t get the novelty the first time around. It seemed pretty straightforward. But then I actually watched this TED talk by Sinek and I immediately picked up the book that day.


The giver of this book also gifted me “It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy,” and I think this advisor has a method to the timing at which he gives books. “It’s Your Ship” came at a time when I was working to refine my management and leadership strategy, while “Start with Why” was given to me at the genesis of our business. The critical time where so many monumental decisions were made.


Although I think we’re on the right track, if I had it to do over again, I would go back in time and ready “Start with Why” when it was given to me. In this TED talk, Sinek does a phenomenal job at explaining the hidden but somewhat obvious truth of Why. It doesn’t matter if you have all the resources, backing, and good luck in the world, ultimately those who Start with Why will outlast and exceed the success of those that do not.


Check this TED talk out, you won’t regret it.


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