John W. Gardner: Leaders are Lifelong Learners

John W. Gardner: Leaders are Lifelong Learners

I came across this speech by John W. Gardner today. I don’t often get stopped in my tracks by speeches from nearly 25 years ago, but when Harvard Business Review posted an article on lifelong learning, my curiosity was piqued. I was rewarded by this beautiful speech that inspired me to live with purpose, meaning and interest. The quote below is just a snippet of the full speech, which is worth the time you will spend reading it and digesting its meaning.

“Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something. The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account.”

The Nines: the best of what technology can do!


Tomorrow I am inviting you to participate in some of the best technology you will find on the internet. So many times we hear about what is “wrong” with the internet, with social media, with the new digital society. Tomorrow we will see what is RIGHT about all those things.

I am talking about “The Nines,” an online conference happening over the internet tomorrow. Over the course of the day tomorrow, this FREE (Yes, Free!) conference will present 70 of our country’s top Christian leaders. They will each speak for 9 minutes, up close and personal. Imagine 9 minutes with top pastors, worship leaders, executive pastors, authors. I’d give you the names of the speakers and you would recognize some of my personal favorites such as Steven Furtick and Mark Batterson. But any list I give you will be incomplete. Go to the website and look at who is going to share tomorrow. Then register for the event, because while it is free, you have to pre-register.

And I suppose it goes without saying that there will probably be multiple posts, twitters and new ideas coming your way from me tomorrow! Make it a two way street…go sign up and get in the conversation.