Book Learning #10

Turning 55 has been a bit of a challenge. Mostly because I have generally struggled more with the mid-decade mile posts … don’t know why.

But something sparked on that birthday – and it is hard to explain. But it is something I’ve learned in this year of writing a book.

I am no longer interested in the voices of uninvited editors. Here I speak of my life and not the book. Although I seek no unasked for advice there either.

This is not about control. It is more about peace. It is about impact. It is about voice.

In the year of writing my book on The Stream, I have learned so much about my own voice. While being fully aware of my voice going into this project, I have learned to do my own upfront editing by activating my voice – the voice that speaks from purpose.

And again, I speak less about writing and more about living; living without the need to control; living in a manner that promotes and sends peace; and living with intention that is in itself the impact.

Edit with your voice activated.

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In this whirling 21st Century the individual needs to embrace the authentic self and confidently leverage the energy and power found there. As we entered the 21st Century, I became more concerned about what leaders like you needed for successful influence and personal fulfillment. As we move deeper into this challenging 21st Century, I’m more convinced than ever that the core of my work is in helping individual leaders remember who they are − a trueness. It is about confidence found in your authenticity.

3 thoughts on “Book Learning #10

  1. I am no longer interested in the voices of uninvited editors.

    What an awesome statement! And welcome to the ‘other half’ of life. Jeff, I think something happens when we pass 55. Betty Davis used to say it happens when a woman reaches her early 40s but I think the age has pushed farther down the line for us. And I believe the pivot is 55. You have summed up, in a sentence, a feeling I believe comes with that age. You finally say “this is not about your opinion. It is about mine.” The challenge then is to not only FEEL this internally and not only DO this (not invite editors) but to be able to actually turn off the ‘knee jerk’ reaction to uninvited editors when we have spent our lives doing just that – reacting. To invited OR uninvited editors.

    So, my hat is off to you for summing up a ‘coming of age.’ And now onto the world you craft for yourself. It is all about choice.


    • Wow! Thanks Judy for this great comment/reply. And thanks for reading!

      Your words reflect why I am sensing that focus on “judgment” that you and I talked about in our phone conversation last Monday.

      Thanks for being my friend!

      Jeff Brunson Building Confident Leaders

      Office 423.753.7809 Mobile 423.794.9380

  2. Aha, I get it now…thanks for sharing your 55 experience. I find the entire aging process refreshing in a way. I don’t particularly care whether or not others agree with me as long as I stay true to myself. There’s a certain centerdness and peace that comes with getting older. I find it’s actually okay to stay away from those with negative energy…a luxury of those of us retired! I also find myself much less judgmental and forgiving. Wish I had that when I was working!

    Thanks for sharing….you are indeed a gift. Have I told you lately??!!! Hugs to Becky!

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