Simon Sinek

Until an hour ago, I did not know who Simon Sinek is.

My youngest son Jesse suggested that I watch a YouTube presentation by Mr. Sinek titled “This Is Why You Don’t Succeed.”  I took Jesse’s suggestion and invested 16 minutes to watch the presentation.  I consider what Mr. Sinek tells us so important that I am posting it here.  I hope you will take the time to view and listen to it.

As promoted on his website “Start with Why,” Simon Sinek “is an unshakable optimist who believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. He discovered remarkable patterns about how the greatest leaders and organizations think, act and communicate.  Simon may be best known for popularizing the concept of Why in his first Ted Talk in 2009. It rose to become the third most watched on, with over 37 million views and subtitled in 46 languages.”

Change of Life

I changed my life in 2018.  Among the most significant actions I’ve taken…

  • I no longer engage in social media.
  • I turn my cell phone off NLT 7 PM.
  • I turn my cell phone on no earlier than 7 AM.
  • I use ‘drive mode’ on my cell phone, which ensures I am not disturbed and remain focused on the road when my speed exceeds 15mph – this also happens when I ride my bicycle.

I am concerned with the amount of time that people spend hand-cuffed to their cell phones and other sources of media.  While delighted when I encounter people walking or jogging when I ride my bicycle, I am concerned when I see their ears stuffed with earphones.

  1. The fact that they choose to listen to man-made media instead of the natural world saddens me.
  2. The fact that they can’t hear the bell I ring as I approach them so that they might allow me to pass…

Screen Addiction

Last winter I read Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids – and How to Break the Trance.  The title is self-explanatory, and I see daily evidence as I ride my bike in the summer on quiet streets and through parks empty of kids.  When school is in session, I will ride past street corners of dis-engaged ‘students’ with heads buried in screens avoiding conversation with people standing around them doing the same thing.  I can imagine the lunch room…

Mr. Sinek’s presentation addresses these concerns and others.  This is a wake-up call.  I hope you find value in it.  Thanks for sharing this, Jesse.


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  1. I engage in watching/listening to Simon Sinek every single day. Continuously wanting and needing to grow as a leader in Corporate America, and not allowing myself to play the “political game,” his videos/ideas/thoughts/concepts remind me I am doing the “right things.” I also owe a lot of how I run my teams to you, pops. Love you.