Steverino: Kentucky's Finest...

Ciao friendo...

My first job out of college took me to the beautiful state of Kentucky where I lived on a hemp farm with a wonderful couple out in the middle of nowhere...

I spent three years altogether in the Bluegrass State...

During my time there I came to know and love the work of one of Kentucky's finest authors and poets, Wendell Berry.

Wendell wrote the following:

“And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.” 

I love this quote for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of its truth.

One of the most radical things you can do today is to be local...

To sink roots...

To stay.

If you pull up a chair at a local cafe’ or a barstool at a local pub, you’ll undoubtedly gain a wealth of knowledge.

You have to keep showing up...

Over time you’ll belong.

Most people just move on.

As a leader, you have to cultivate a habit of slowing down.

Being present...

Having the guts to embrace where you are right now is a differentiator...

When you commit to not jumping to the next, you cultivate a reputation for faithfulness...

People will trust you, and you will grow exponentially.

People will also get to know the real you, and visa versa...

I challenge you to soak up your environment...

Observe then engage...

Ask questions, and really listen.

You’ll be amazed at what you can learn from being local...

Here.

Now.

If you're really serious, read the following out loud or in your heart 3 times:

Today I will slow down and be still. I will pull up a chair and listen. Today I will find a spot — where I belong. I will refuse to be in a hurry. Today I will show up and ask questions. 

Here's to sinking roots...

Steve Knox


PS. I wrote 5 whole chapters on how to discover and build the community we need in my first book, The Asymmetrical Leader.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon or here: https://www.steveknox.us/books/