I want power, as much power as I can possibly muster! I want to be the best at what I do! I want to be a world leader in the purpose movement, if there is such a thing! Now, you may be thinking: "That John Stanko, he is so self-promoting" or "John Stanko is on an ego trip." I am not above or below doing both, but that is not why I have the goal of being a power pig. If you want to find out why, of course you must read on
I have come to the realization, perhaps it took me longer than others, that if I am going to empower others I must have the power to do so. In fact, I must have power to give away so that others may use that power to find and fulfill purpose or set and achieve goals.
Take writing for example. I write every day and have a produced a few books. So when I am teaching and I tell someone, "You are a good writer. You have potential," they may take it to heart, more than if they showed a casual acquaintance their work. If that person said, "That's good," the writer may say "Thanks" and walk away, not thinking much of it. If that writer says to me, "Can you help me write and publish?, I can then take the power I have and empower them to do what I have done.
That's why I am a power pig.
The kind of power I am referring to is not positional or authoritarian. It does not come from a title or corner office. It comes from one or all of three sources:
- Wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge applied, so if I have wisdom that comes from experience and productivity, then that wisdom is powerful to empower others.
- Knowledge. Knowledge around a particular topic or skill, such as purpose or coaching, has its own power, and teaching that knowledge to others will empower them.
- Credibility. If I have empowered others, then others will think, "He did it for them, he can do it for me!" They can then draw on what power I have to empower themselves.
- Service. When I am willing to serve others, it means I am doing for them what at that point in their life, they cannot do for themselves. If that service is grounded in love, then there is power to inspire and motivate others, which is a form of empowerment.
- The Holy Spirit. God can entrust me with power to use to empower others, as Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 13:10: "This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down."
I would think another word for authority would be power. I want God to authorize me to build up others! God I want power. I am a power pig!
So now you know why I want power - so I can empower others. I want to give my power away as fast as I get it. Of course, the Lord will only give me more if I do that, so the best way to satisfy my piggish desires is to give my power away, every day. I hope these Memos empower you and I pray as I give them to you that God gives me ability to write more effectively with greater insight, which of course will play right into my greedy hands of being a power pig. Have a great week!
KENYA: I have posted several new updates from Kenya that discuss the recent terrorist attack, the crisis in finding sanitary feminine products there, and the progress Peter is making in equipping the children in Banana. You can read them here, and then please act to help me be a blessing to the people there when I go on October 7. You can contribute through my website or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Thank you for your help!
IN KENYA: While I am in Kenya, I will be conducting training to certify people there in the DISC profiling system along with a three-day training in cognitive learning (TPI). If you are interested in either training, please contact me and let me know.