Turning 50 - Leadership SHIFT Tip

When I was ten years old, I wanted an erector set for my birthday. When I was twenty, it was a cure for my first hangover. When I was thirty-three, I just wanted to walk again. 

On Wednesday, I turn fifty. I wish for a day of giving and kindness.  

Thanks to LinkedIn and Mr. Zuckerberg, it's almost impossible to forget the birthday of one of our connections. On Wednesday, they will remind you of my big day, and with just one click their pre-approved message will appear in my inbox. Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy. 

But it's alright if you skip that click. Don't worry; it's not you. You are awesome. It's me. 

"At the end of the day, at the end of the week, and the end of my life, I want to be able to say that I contributed more than I criticized." - Brene´ Brown

So instead of clicking and sending me a birthday message, perhaps you wish to give by donating blood to The Red Cross - I required thirty-four units back in 2001. Maybe you wish to contribute to World Bicycle Relief to create a way forward for someone like Angela. 

If you hate needles or money is tight, that's reasonable. Maybe you can cascade a little oxytocin by letting your barista know that she is visible with a warm smile and thank you.

When I was younger, I thought fifty was the beginning of the end and lived on the other side of the hill. It's not. It's also not the new thirty. It doesn't need to be. It's cool in its own right. After all, life gets better when you believe it can. 

Hopefully, you will help me celebrate by giving someone the belief that life can get better. It's what I will wish for on my birthday. I think we all need it. 

And if it feels good to give on Wednesday - do it again on Thursday.  

Have Fun Storming the Castle. I hear that there is applesauce cake inside. 

p.s., When Seth Godin turned 50th, he gave his birthday away to charity: water. He inspired today's Shift Tip. 

p.s.s, If you follow me on Instagram, I plan to give away a few copies of Shift: Creating Better Tomorrows on my birthday. Come check it out.

"When you get, give.
When you learn, teach."

- Maya Angelou