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Leaders Letters 179 - Get Motivated With Luke Staton 🦋
Learn Leadership From Former Professional Football Player & Now Author Luke Station 🦋
Dear leaders, have you ever met someone whose story and energy are so infectious you know you have to work with them?
I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a motivational speaker and author of a new kids’ book credo.
As I teased in the community as the sixth business moat (leaders letter 177), Luke and I wanted to share the mic and talk through the mission he is on and the energy he gives with every motivational talk, in his professional workshops and even when coaching his kid’s football (soccer) team.
I guarantee Luke’s incredible journey will inspire you and now on his mission to make every child's internal butterfly bright - it will give you energy for more.
Luke and I discussed some incredibly important topics:
Leadership: How everyone has an opportunity to lead (but in different ways)
Lifelong Influences: How Luke’s former head teacher Mr Spencer inspired him and so many students to succeed (hint - he is that one teacher who had a huge impact on your life)
Pro Football To Dad: Life lessons and then applying them from not quite making the elite-level professional footballer to being a dad and taking on your inspired dream(s)
Passion → Job: How Luke turned his passion(s) into a life calling and a job as a motivational speaker and now author
Education Reform: Why Luke is going to create a new schooling experience to refresh how education operates within the UK, which has been stuck in the same cycle for decades
The Luke Staton Interview
Or Listen Below 👇
The Leadership Lessons I Took Away From This Interview:
Leaders (Like Mr Spencer) will have positive and negative impacts on your life, if you are deliberate as a leader you will be remembered. Legacy will live on for many years, how are you talked about behind your back or in the future
When you are told to not go for it (like Luke and Luke’s mum), you have two choices,
(1) go for it anyway or
(2) let it inspire and drive you (and the people around you, whether that’s colleagues, your children or family members)
Your passion will show up in and throughout your career, leadership is a skill you need to learn and when you blend your passion and leadership together it will translate and inspire many around you. This is why so many thought leaders and personality-led businesses (you hear more from the company leader than the company themselves) are doing so well currently
Even if you don’t make it in one hard profession (Luke’s professional football experience) you still have the chance to craft your own products and journey and even become an author
Have your own (leadership) theme, Luke’s is your inner butterfly - this is something Luke and I discussed in detail after the recording and I completely agree with it. If you do not have a leadership theme I am going to be diving deeper into your leadership theme in more detail in a few weeks.
Have a vision for the future - Luke is on his mission to change educational institutes for the better, it made me question what my vision was for the future. I know some of my steps for the future but are they realistic and then big enough to roll up to my mission of fixing the broken world of work
Make Sure You Connect With Luke
Buy Credo - Luke’s first book
If you’d like some more Luke, his TEDX talk is well worth the watch.
This week’s focus item is to re-review the leadership lessons and consider what your legacy might be and create your vision for the future.
Thanks and have a great week,
PS: Do you like the video format? If yes, you are in luck, there is another video-based leaders letter next week with Caleb Parker.