Week One B183

Your Whole Souls as an Offering Unto Him
Elder David A. Bednar

The following are portions of Elder Bednar’s talk that really stood out to me:

“As students, I fear we may sometimes falsely separate spiritual development and progress (what I will refer to today as faithfulness) from academic discipline and competence (what I will refer to today as diligence).
I challenge you as a student…to be diligent in both your spiritual and academic pursuits or, as Elder Evans said, to be both faithful and competent.
A disciplined and educated mind is a tool for reasoning and inquiring and evaluating and discerning. These abilities are not merely the requirements described in a course syllabus; rather, they are essential skills for a spiritual, happy, and productive life. More importantly, the combination of spiritual strength and mental capacity provides the means whereby we can act for ourselves rather than be acted upon.”

To effectively serve God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength means to serve him with a mighty heart and strong mind.
“The mighty heart equates to the faithfulness and spiritual strength described by Elder Evans. And the strong mind equates to competence achieved through intellectual diligence and discipline…diligence implies a tenacious persistence about, an engagement in, and a love for the process of learning. 
…Joseph Smith taught “Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things. It was through this sacrifice, and this only, that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life; and it is through the medium of the sacrifice of all earthly things that men do actually know that they are doing the things that are well pleasing in the sight of God.”(Lectures on Faith, Lecture 6, pg. 57-58)

Consecration is related to but different from sacrifice. The word consecrate means to develop and “dedicate to a sacred purpose.” Sacrifice is what I will offer, surrender, yield, or give up. Consecration, on the other hand, is to fully develop and dedicate to a sacred purpose. Elder McKonkie taught that sacrifice has only to do with mortality.

Living Life as an Entrepreneurial Hero
by Jeff Sandefer

Means to live life as an adventure!

“digging deeply for your special talents and gifts, and discovering how to use them in ways that bring you great joy, enrich your life, and serve others…Living life as an entrepreneurial hero means recognizing that life is hard, and that the greatest struggles bring the greatest meaning and the most powerful personal growth…Choosing the life of an entrepreneurial hero begins with a paradox: you have to dream big but start with small steps…But remember:

***pursue something where you have some sort of a natural gift, one that brings you great joy, one where you lose track of the hours spent in it, and one where you would practice for the sake of practice alone.”***

The above statement is something that I have been looking for! Everyone says “do what you love” or “find your passion” but no one tells you how to find that or how to discern just what that is. But this statement…made that concept crystal clear for me!

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it.”-Scott Peck

“Entrepreneurial heroes forge themselves one hard decision at a time, never giving up, always moving forward. You start by making difficult decisions. Over time, this becomes a habit. And the way you face these decisions etches character onto your soul, and that character determines your destiny. All of this requires intention. Because heroes don’t fritter away time, they invest it.

Extraordinary things happen when you surround yourself with smart, talented, driven, good people who share your mission.

I’ve realized that the true hero’s story isn’t just about the Grail, but about how the hero is changed in the process. Whether success story or tragedy, the real tale is about if the hero becomes who he or she is meant to be.”

Introduction to Entrepreneurship Course

[At the end of the journey of life, we will ask 3 questions:
1.  Did I contribute something meaningful?
2.  Was I a good person?
3.  Who did I love and who loved me?
Starting to live a life of meaning now means never having to regret the answers to those questions.]

I think that it is so interesting that the gospel provokes these questions within us throughout our lives. Perhaps this is why we find so many successful members of the church.

Four goals of the course
1.  [Discover an Entrepreneurial calling, the startup of you. A calling helps you decide what to do with your life and who you want to become. It is a mission where you use your greatest gifts and strengths, in a way that brings you great passion and joy, while serving a deep, burning need in the world.
2.  To choose constructive habits and to deeply etch them onto your character. A second goal is to choose and deeply embed into yourself habits of listening, learning, and personal ethics, so that when you’re faced with an ethical dilemma, you’ll be better equipped to make choices that align with who you want to become.
3.  To select your next “steppingstone job or begin your entrepreneurial career.The final goal of the Life of Meaning Course is to prepare to choose your next steppingstone job—that is, a job where you can master the skills and develop the knowledge and relationships you will need to advance your entrepreneurial journey.
4.  To Embrace Disciple Leadership by examining “The Ministry of Business”. Everyday leadership, make a difference without a title.]

[Star is your ultimate manifestation of your calling. Stepping stones are the path to get you there. Life is a series of thoughtful trial-and-error experiments. Ethics are the guard rails that guide your path.]

“For most of us discerning a calling is a frustrating, life-long experiment.” [For now: You can work hard to uncover special skills and talents. You can pay attention to which activities bring you great joy. You can commit to master skills or areas so that you start attracting opportunities to you. You can commit to new and exciting adventures—even ones as short as a year or two—which, when woven together, can make the path of a calling clearer.]

The Startup of You

Consider your career a startup venture
Think of yourself as a work in progress, invest in yourself every single day
Differentiate yourself, be better in a local niche.
Consider assets (skills, knowledge), aspiration and values (where you would like to go in the future), market realities (what people will actually pay you for)
Be flexibly consistent

Pres. Hinckley – Hinckley Bldg dedication
I have actually watched this video a handful of times. It is very touching each time I see it. You can feel the love President Hinckley feels for the youth of the church and yet he has also taken the opportunity to be very frank and express his true thoughts. What a blessing it is to have the technology to capture such a precious few moments so that we can relive it over and over. He inspires me to reach higher, do more, dream more, and work harder.

Launching Leaders
Jim Ritchie (retired at 35)

Vision of program – friends – great leaders usually have a lot of great friends, great leaders lead people to higher ground while enjoying the journey

Friends & Principles of Success
1. Formula for Success
2. Richest Man in Babylon- Gearge Clayson
3. 10 Ancient Scrolls for Success -Og Mandino
4. Victor Frankel – Man’s Search for Meaning
5. Steven Covey – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
6. Productivity Pyramid
7. Peak Performance on Demand
8. Good to Great -Jim Collins
9. The Ministry of Business -Hicks, Richie
10. Your Life Plan-personal constitution-Hyrum Smith

I am hoping that we will be able to view this course in its entirety during the semester. Jim Richie exudes respect and wisdom. I really believe he has some valuable insights that I could really benefit from.
The Startup of You Video

[All humans were born Entreprenuers
We have it within ourselves to take control of our career and build the future we want. We do this by looking at the lessons of today’s Entreprenuers and applying them to our lives. Adapt,smart risks, network, invent, etc.]

Personal Branding Reid Hoffman

The brand of you is very important because we live in a network world. How do others think of you? A brand matters when there is substance behind it.

Career Building Tools Reid Hoffman

The right mindset – you are never finished, beta – is essential. Look to trends, skills, network, how do you invest in yourself? What tools do I use? What do I need to learn? What is happening in my industry? How do I become the go-to person for these problems in my industry?

Mr. Hoffman mention training for LinkedIn at http://www.learnLinkedIn.com

The concept of “The Startup of You” has been informative but also a huge relief to me. I was really worried that this course was about starting a business. I have no interest in doing that. My husband has two businesses and I have a job at BYU-Idaho that I love. I know that having your own business is a 24/7 responsibility. I want to keep me family as my only 24/7 responsibility! I’d like to keep my career at work and do the very best I can while I’m there. I love the idea of considering myself the business!

*I need to use a different platform for note taking so that I can use different colors, fonts, etc. Also, I need to add a section for lessons learned, lessons not yet learned, and a way to reference and categorize different topics.

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