STORIES FROM ARCHITECTS OF CHANGE

STORIES FROM
ARCHITECTS OF CHANGE

Want to Strengthen Your Family’s Values? Try This.

Architect of Change Sean Covey, a motivational speaker, the EVP of Global Solutions and Partnerships for FranklinCovey, and the New York Times-bestselling author of the books The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, and The 7 Habits...

The Secret to Longevity? Change Your Habits.

"Remember, your cells are continually dying and new ones are taking their place. If the new ones that come in are not healthy, then you can imagine what happens to your body: it starts deteriorating." Elaine LaLanne is a fitness inspiration to us all. At 91, the...

Sheila Nevins Keeps Us Honest About Aging

Architect of Change Sheila Nevins, the head of HBO's documentary unit for over three decades, is one of the most powerful voices in the film industry today. Her wisdom has influenced some of the most powerful and award-winning documentaries of our time, including...

Learning to Command Your Time

"It’s time to set your schedule in order so that you don’t look back on the day of your death and wonder why you never really lived." I have always had a troubled relationship with time. I don’t like the way it passes, taking every material form along with it. I don’t...

Everything I Know About Freedom, I Learned in Prison

"Yet sometimes the best way to fully appreciate something is to live without it. Or better yet, to have to redefine it." They say you can’t form accurate memories until you have the language skills to assign meaning to your experience. I disagree. We moved to Alaska...

America: Still the First Place I Would Go

"Many of my American friends at the moment feel estranged from the government. Traveling to Hong Kong and Paris (where I’m writing from now) reminds one how far the U.S. has fallen behind, in matters of simple infrastructure and efficiency. America’s glory days as an...

Every American Should Serve For One Year

"America needs to get back to its roots. Throughout history, we have empowered our citizens to create change and break down barriers to overcome our greatest challenges. A year of national service has the power to do this once more, binding our country together in...

Put Down Your Phone. It’s Time to Look Up.

We spend far too much time looking at the screens, rather than looking into people's eyes or listening. I think we can learn more about ourselves, society and the world at hand if we look up more as we communicate and look down less.  I have been to a few year-end...

How I Learned to Lead From a Place of Authenticity

An honest evaluation of the self requires the acknowledgment and acceptance of gifts and weaknesses, both of which are necessary for balance. Twenty-eight years ago, I embarked on the first day of my clinical psychology internship. What I learned about courage that...

Seeking Acceptance? Start With Yourself.

This moment in American history is begging all of us to rise up and join together to demand that America lives up to her promise: Freedom and justice for all instead of for a privileged few. Glennon Doyle Melton is a powerful voice with a lot to say about identity,...

From Dad at 16 to CEO Inspiring Men to Lead

I want men to know how incredible their presence is in the lives of their children. As a father, I discovered that my sons loved me just the way I was. I didn't need to possess expensive clothes, shoes, cars, or objects. I only had to be me. Cole Williams was 16 years...

Finding My Father Through Letters From World War II

So, this Father’s Day, I may not be able to give my father a tie or even a crayon-colored handmade card as I did so long ago. But I can give him a greater gift. I can offer him the daughter that I have become – one that I hope he would be proud of. As Father’s Day...

Lessons on Love We Can Learn From Our Grandmothers

"Love is so powerful, the most powerful form of emotion you can possibly feel. When it is bounced back from person to person, the energy of that feeling is indescribable. So, when you have that special bond with someone in your life, whether it is a family member,...

Three Ways to Break Free From Mental Clutter

Mindfulness is the ability to be attentive and aware of yourself and your surroundings. It involves a judgment-free openness to all the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that the day might hold. Some days the world feels crazy and overwhelming. Are you feeling it? I...

5 Tools for Changing Your Life on Your Own Terms

"Choosing to make a change comes from a place of strength, but keeping that conviction to do so should be supported by the simple fact that change takes time." There are plenty of self-help books and Instagram quotes that encourage us to “make a change” in our lives....

Scott Hamilton’s Story of Resilience Can Inspire Us

It would be hard to find two more inspirational people on the planet than Scott and his wife, Tracie. They are devoted to each other, to their family, to curing cancer, and to saving Haiti. Scott was recently diagnosed with his third brain tumor, yet despite this news, he and Tracie remain eternally optimistic. 

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If You’re Looking to Strengthen Your Family, This Message Is For You.

If You’re Looking to Strengthen Your Family, This Message Is For You.

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the pillars of the society I want to live in. The society I want to work in. The society I want to grow old in.

Love, as I wrote last week, is the guiding principle of that society. There are several other principles as well, which I’ll get to over the next few weeks. But today, on Father’s Day, I want to focus on the concept of kindness.

Kindness, I believe, is one of the most important qualities that we can have. It’s what can lead us out of our current atmosphere, which is anything but kind.

We rarely recognize kindness as a form of strength, but it is. It takes strength to lead your life from a place of kindness — whether you are leading as a father, an elected official, a teacher, a CEO, or as someone in some other role.

Being kind starts with being kind to yourself. You know that inner voice that so often berates you and everyone around you? That voice that tells you that you’re not working hard enough? That you’re not keeping up? That says, ‘Who do you think you are’? Well, when that voice finishes berating you, it comes out of your mouth and reaches everyone around you.

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