The One Currency That All Extraordinary Leaders Have In Common

The One Currency That All Extraordinary Leaders Have In Common

How much margin time do you have built into your life?

 

I often write about currency. When I was asked to give a TED talk I delivered it on words as currency.

 

It was a unique perspective for most and I received hundreds of comments, emails and letters about it. I said that words are just as important as the dollars in your bank account because words build or destroy, words can transform nations, start or stop wars – and save lives.

 

In business – words are critical. They are the engine that delivers your message and builds your brand.

 

This is the second article in a series on currency and I have been thinking about it for a long time. For years I’ve worked with world changers such as CEOs, celebrities, speakers and humanitarians. People who change and save lives. Samuel Bistrian, the CEO of Roma Boots, who has impacted the lives of orphans all over the world by doing boot drops and giving them free rain boots.

 

Greg Secker, in London, who travels to Africa and beyond, fitting children with hearing aids. Harry Singha, the global king of youth leadership, who intentionally builds great leaders. All of these world changers have one currency in common that allows them to live in excellence.

 

That currency is Time.

 

I learned years ago that you have a choice of two paths to follow: I could choose to follow the basic thinkers who say I don’t have enough time and I don’t have enough energy (or money, or fill in the blank) or I could take the other path – and create margin time to live my life’s calling. I could choose to create abundance, and give it too.

 

Time is currency.

Time runs out.

Time is valuable.

Time is an asset.

Time is more valuable than diamonds, rubies, dollars or gold.

 

Ask a cancer patient who doesn’t have much time left what they would give to have more.

 

How are you leveraging your time? Are you treating time like dollars or are you wasting it?

 

I coach people to use words as dollars. When you see a word as having a monetary value you are more selective about which words you choose.

 

It’s the same way with time.

 

When you view time as a currency that just might run out (it will) you will think of every hour in terms of equity.

 

Make margin time.

 

What is it you want to do that you haven’t yet done?

 

Create margin time and do it.

 

Here is more clarity:

 

If you want to achieve a major life goal or create a business or a life or a family that leaves a lasting legacy on the world, it’s possible that you will need more time.

 

You might need to think differently, or pattern interrupt your schedule.

 

Do you take advantage of the hours in the middle of the night? Two days a week I let my body naturally awake and instead of fighting that 3 a.m. alertness, I get up and I focus on a project that changes lives. It’s an intentional awareness that I need those hours to accomplish these things.

 

What time can you carve out of your schedule for those unexpected guests, visits from someone in need, or events that could transform your business?

 

3 Steps to leverage time:

 

  1. Think of every minute as a dollar. This change in thinking will change the way you view time. Don’t waste it.
  2. Create more time. Evaluate your schedule and make a list of time wasters. Eliminate those things right away. Even if it’s temporary (a month, a year).
  3. Set aside a new hour each day. Find an hour you currently do not utilize and use it to achieve your goal or project.

If you eat lunch out, for instance, and decide to use that hour to focus on a project, that’s 1 hour a day times 5 days a week and adds up to 20 extra hours a month. Imagine what you could do and achieve!

 

Create margin time.

 

It’s there.

 

Dream bigger than big and execute.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tammy Kling is a best-selling author, TED Speaker, CEO of OnFire Books, and Ghostwriter of 251 books and counting, including: The Compass, Freedom, andThere’s More to Life than the Corner Office. Tammy’s latest book, WORDS is being used by the Ritz Carlton in their leadership training. 

 

For more from Tammy Kling, please visit http://www.tammykling.com and follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tammykling for the latest. 

 

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What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

Why is it that authors have influence?

 

For thousands of years, authors and thinkers have created ideas, put them into books and spread them throughout the culture from city to city, and country to country, changing lives.

 

Some of these ideas have sprouted into movements. Some become best sellers.

 

As a thinker, and catalyst to great minds, I am a connector of ideas. Most of my clients call me their “muse” or igniter, but my mission, is clear. My mission is to equip world changers.

 

When someone comes to me to create a best seller I can automatically see if the idea will be, as TED says, “an idea worth spreading.” A lot of this is determined by the need of the culture itself.

 

Authors are thinkers and creators, and have some of the biggest impact on the world. They are writers who have created a product. Authorpreneurs.

They have been, throughout time, among the elite to dine with Presidents and world leaders, and captains of industry. Rockefeller and Churchill had author friends in their inner circle, and writers have advised some of the greatest leaders in the world.

 

What’s your idea? What’s your story?

 

As an author, ghostwriter, corporate communications strategist and corporate ghostwriter, I’m continually amazed by the ideas people bring me. A 90-year old widow writing her first book. A retired doctor putting his life experience from the emergency room on the written page, to save lives. A billionaire who wants to create a legacy. The child who had a stroke and wants to tell his story.

 

Not every idea has to be a best seller. One book I wrote hit the New York Times best sellers list, the author was on the jumbotron in Times Square, and he helped millions understand that 90% of cardiovascular disease is preventable. He ignited a change in my thinking. And I connected his ideas to the world.

 

Your idea might be worth spreading, from country to country, from city to village, to the individual whose life you will transform. Tell it, today. Share it with us.

 

Tammy Kling is a best-selling author, TED Speaker, CEO of OnFire Books, and Ghostwriter of 251 books and counting, including: The Compass, Freedom, andThere’s More to Life than the Corner Office. Tammy’s latest book, WORDS is being used by the Ritz Carlton in their leadership training. 

 

For more from Tammy Kling, please visit http://www.tammykling.com and follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tammykling for the latest. 

 

#WORDSarecurrency


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