October 15th 2015
(I posted this thursday dont know what happened)
I never feel that we are where we are for no reason. I think God ordains us for what we are created for. “People are products of their past” As much as I want to not associate with my past I know it has me where I am now. I love this because as God blesses us we should stay in a place of remembrance. What we have experienced is so important. As I preached to students tonight I put my bible and notes down. I did not need them. I went through what I was preaching Philippians 1: 6. As I preached I understood that God had bought me to where I am. There is no mystery he did it. And to me from where I came from this is monumental! People will bury their past because it might not be so intriguing but it is. We are everything we are and everything we have done good and bad. But there is always a method to the madness. We can help someone who doesn’t think they are worth anything. Not to preach too much but this book stirred me up. The author of this book is really scientific in his approach to leadership. And he probably has the time to do that. I never feel like leading nothing. But I do because I am always in a place where nobody else is going to do it. If there is a science to that cool! But leadership sometimes is not about science it’s about what is needed at a certain time. This week I had to turn down something because of the arrogance of the person presenting it to me. Leadership should never stoop low enough to a person for any monetary gain. I did not and I did not make any money! But to me that was not important because I can make money without the person who was presenting it. The dynamic that go with leadership is the ability to say no too! I talked to a friend of a mine today that owns a construction company. He always credits me for what he is doing now. The first job we ever did was an 18-unit hotel and I never even built a pigeon cage. But we did it and now he is doing great things. I don’t know what the mystique of leadership I had or he had we just did it. In Los Angeles we come up from the bottom and we don’t look back. But reading this book made me realize my past is really indicative of where I am now. And I appreciate the past because I know it is important in my present. This mystique of leadership has many forms. It is never scientific to me. But we do things in certain times and certain spaces. I would not do what I did then now i.e. building a hotel with no experience. I was young then and loved that challenge but if the money is not there trust me I wont build nothing because i am older lol.
 Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries, The Leadership Mystique: Leading Behavior in the Human Enterprise (Harlow, England, Prentice Hall Financial Times 2006), 17.