Will Lukang, MBA, PMP, MASCL, CSM
The main character of the book is Mr. David Ponder, a wealthy real estate developer in Dallas. He is committed to building a skyscraper without borrowing money. People don’t believe that it is possible, but he declares that he will pay as he goes. His life is not walk in the park, because he declares bankruptcy at age 55. But he believes that adversity is preparation for greatness.
He uses the Seven Decisions as a guide for the way he lives his life. What’s interesting about this book is the concept of travelers. Mr. Ponder is one of the travelers who travels to meet some of the great people like President Truman. The author was able to put events that happened from multiple time periods into one setting, which provides a historical perspective and a good blend of exchange of conversation that would otherwise not be possible in our current setting.
My favorite part of the book is when David Ponder, Winston Churchill, Joan of Arc, Eric Erickson, and Abraham Lincoln are discussing the possible solution to the question: What must humanity do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization? They have four chances to answer the question and save humanity. The quality of one’s answer greatly depends on the quality of the question asked.
Reading this book is like peeling an onion; the more I read the more I became interested in it. Eventually it became impossible to put it down until I found out the outcome of the journey. The creativity that was put into writing this book is amazing. As I read it, I could imagine the characters interacting with one another. I highly recommend this book to people who want to take a peek into the past and also learn how the Seven Decisions can help change their life. To learn more about the book, please visit The Final Summit. You can also follow Andy Andrews on Twitter (@AndyAndrews).
Will Lukang, MBA, PMP, MASCL, CSM
A year and half ago, I venture into the world of blogging hoping to wet my toes and see what it is like to share my knowledge and experience. It took me over six months to muster the courage to jump into blogging. I blog because I want to share what I know with others, hoping that if there is only one person out there that can benefit from my knowledge and experience, I will have accomplished my goal.
Each post provided me a sense of satisfaction that someone out there will read and learn from it and avoid learning things the hard way. I enjoyed the comments posted and e-mails thanking me and suggesting possible future post topics.
Sometimes I have my ducks in a row and I know what to write for the month, but there are times I experience writers’ block and am unable to generate a post for weeks. It frustrates me that I’m unable to connect with people who read my post. I have the idea, but I was not able to put things together. Other times I’m just too busy at work that left me little time to invest in writing my post.
One day I was on a conference call with my fellow leadership coach and we were talking about sharing our knowledge and expertise. During that discussion I had a eureka moment that I can offer a guest blogger who can blog on topics that I’m not familiar with. This way I can expand the material on site. My first guest blogger will feature another leadership coach. I’ll run his blog at the end of the month.
My hope is that, by adding guest bloggers to my blog, I can offer a better experience to the people who read my blog and provide them with an opportunity to learn new things. For those who reach out to me or post comments, thank you for connecting with me. I really appreciate it. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments. I welcome the interaction and look forward to hearing from you.
Will Lukang, PMP, SCM, MBA, MASCL
Sometimes we can take things for granted because something is always there for us whenever we need it. Such would be like an oven that turned on whenever we need to bake or cook something, or a pet fish that is always there to entertain us when we feel like giving it attention, or people who are always there for us to back us up and help us get things done. Either way they are neglected in many ways.
Just like a pet fish that does not need to be walked or petted, there is a tendency to neglect it and go about our life. However, when we remember that it is around, we might spend a few minutes interacting with it, feed it, then off we go again. So, what’s my point for writing this post? As we get too busy with work and get preoccupied a lot of things, we might take the following for granted:
- Family and children – our family will always be there for us, but your children will not be young forever. If you don’t take the opportunity to connect with them, you’ll miss the opportunity. You only have ONE opportunity to make a difference. Do it now and take the time to connect.
- Friends – these are the people who are there for us through thick or thin and have been there for us, from being the sounding board or a shoulder to cry on. We need to make sure we set aside time to reconnect with them and let them know that we have not forgotten them.
- Network – these are people whom we might have worked with or were introduced to us in the past. We need to let them know what we are thinking of them and set aside time to meet and interact with them. You need to ping them and let them know that you are thinking of them and not only reach out to them when you need them.
- Mentors and coaches – to a certain extent you owe your success to these people, so let them know that you appreciate their help and always remember it. It is important that you remember where you come from because the experiences you learned will serve as guides for your future decisions.
- Top performers at work – when things are getting taken care of, it does not mean you’re really good at getting things done, but rather that you have an efficient crew that stands by you and gets things done. You need to let them know you appreciate them and value them before they leave to seek opportunities elsewhere. Spend the time with them and recognize them.
Don’t treat the people you care about like fish; just like fish they will not last forever. If you neglect it, it might be too late. Always make time to let them know you care about them. Make it a priority to take care of the most important thing first.