As children, we are taught that grave consequences occur if we dare step out of line. For self-preservation, we intuitively stay in line, or else. To most, “or else” is ridicule, rejection, and dis-fellowship from the group. The fear of standing alone can be devastating, but standing alone while being criticized, and shamed is a fate worse than death. What sane person would want that? Especially when staying in line rewards you with approval, amity, and acceptance.
Few have the grit to question the “line,” norm, or masses and risk being shunned because their opinions are not in line with the crowd. We all want to live abundant, happy, full lives. But, we have to ask: “At what price? What are we willing to sacrifice to achieve our dreams, and is our dream worth it?”
It can be scary, but you must stand for what you truly believe, especially if it means not standing in line. Never stop questioning things that don’t ring true. If you want to make a difference, it will mean you embrace nonconformity. We must never settle for easy, average or mediocre. We must dream and strive for excellence not yet imagined.
I grew up in Cupertino CA, the birthplace and HQ of Apple. In 1997, Apple launched a bold new ad campaign. Enjoy: https://youtu.be/8rwsuXHA7RA
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Don’t Just Manage Lead!
In Don’t Just Manage—Lead! you’ll learn what it takes to become an effective leader, someone who will help guide and motivate others to achieve success. Art F. Coombs, the Utah based author and CEO, provides the most comprehensive and authoritative account of a true leader’s life and career. Loaded with heartfelt, real life experiences of what it takes to lead thousands of employees, Coombs presents his journey from business student to corporate CEO. With these real-world examples, he shows how true leaders can influence behavior, shape goals, and encourage the very best from others.Buy Now
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Art has also served as executive vice president of business development and strategic initiatives for First-Source; CEO and founder of Echopass Corporation (the world’s premier contact center hosting environment, which was acquired by Genesys for about $110 million); CEO of Sento Corporation; and managing director and VP of European business development for Sykes Enterprises.
Art is a widely-published author of methodologies for BPO/contact centers, outsourcing, customer service, and technical support, and has served in leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, VLSI Research, and RasterOps.