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Are You a Charger?

It was a great summer at NCSA and at home with my kids, Christopher (7) and Kaila (5). I was also able to take a couple really great trips this summer and now into the fall, spending time with my family and strengthening bonds with friends.  Years ago I discovered a passion for surfing, and stepped out of my comfort zone last month by taking a trip to Lisbon, Portugal and exploring some coastal towns with a few great friends.

As my kids start school, and we get back into season at NCSA, I’ve been focusing my energy on positively motivating myself, our team, and my loved ones. A huge part of my self-discovery as a father, leader, and friend has been a book I came across a couple of years ago called The Charge by Brendon Burchard.  I’ve read it at least five times, and it has meant different things to me as I’ve gone through various chapters in my life.  Our Dream Teams at NCSA have been using it as a guide and road map on finding out what truly charges them from within – both personally and professionally.  Needless to say, I highly recommend this book.

The ChargeAs I start working my way back through The Charge, the first chapter has already had me thinking, and I want to share with you the same most common attributes of a “charger” (someone whose living a charged life).  This list alone has me motivated to continue working towards being the best “me” I can be – and I look forward to sharing more and more from The Charge with you – I hope you find it as helpful and instrumental as I have.

The Seven Most Common Attributes of a Charger

  1. Chargers are open and observant in the moment.
  2. Chargers are future oriented.
  3. Chargers are challenge seekers.
  4. Chargers are deeply interested in, and authentically connect with, others.
  5. Chargers are self-reliant.
  6. Chargers are creatively driven.
  7. Chargers are meaning makers.



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