Getting better at getting better is what Rise With Drew is all about.
Monday through Thursday, we explore ideas from authors, thought leaders, and exemplary organizations. On Friday, I share something about myself or what we at PCI are doing in our quest to earn a spot on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Two years ago, I participated in philosopher Brian Johnson’s Heroic Coach program. The culmination of the program is a deep dive into what Brian calls the “fundamentals”: sleeping, eating, moving, breathing, focusing, celebrating, and prospering. Today we take a deep dive into prospering.
A “B Corps” is a “public benefit corporation.” In its charter, the corporation specifies it has a fiduciary responsibility to optimize for all stakeholders. It is not just profit-driven. It’s also purpose-driven.
Brian suggests we view ourselves as our own version of a “public benefit corporation.” Here to benefit. We celebrate that we are our #1 asset.
Who’s on our personal board? Spiritual leaders who guide us. Trusted mentors or colleagues. Family members we admire. Historical figures or writers who inspire us.
What’s our stock price? We begin by looking at our balance sheet. We appreciate our assets. There are two definitions to “appreciate”: 1 – to see the value in; and 2 – growth.
To invest is to “clothe ourselves in”. What are we clothing ourselves in? What about virtue and dignity and service? Our confidence and our humility. We invest all our energy and our focus in “What’s Important Now raised to the power of consistency,” Brian explains. We invest ourselves in being aware. In being conscious and intentional and deliberate.
“The greatest stock market we can invest in is ourselves. Finding this truth is better than finding a gold mine,” Byron Katie tells us. So we invest in ourselves. We ask: Where am I spending my time? We choose wisely. We serve profoundly. To be worthy. To excel at creating value for others. We realize the moment we stop practicing our craft is the moment we start losing it.
Every balance sheet also lists the liabilities. We want to capitalize on the errors, the setbacks, the lessons learned. These mis-takes are our deepest source of wisdom. We won’t waste those. Because they have resulted in the maturity and wisdom that have made us who we are today.
Other liabilities we decide to pay off: the bad habits, mindsets, or behaviors that hold us back. We are like the block of marble from which the sculptor chips away all pieces that aren’t necessary to reveal the power, energy, and poise that was always there.
More next week!
Reflection: Who should have a seat on my personal board? What are my greatest assets that I want to appreciate? What are my liabilities—the lessons learned I want to capitalize on as well the bad habits, behaviors, and mindsets I wish to eliminate?
Action: Journal about my answers to the questions above.