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The End of an Era

I know I’ve mentioned before how much I appreciate Patrick Howard’s blog on leadership and product management (if you aren’t following him I recommend checking out his work at He recently wrote two pieces on leadership and purpose and I wanted to share this one. I agree with him that there is so much we can learn from the late Billy Graham. Hope you enjoy this piece.

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He who has a why can endure any how. Knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living (versus merely surviving!).

This quote from German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche seemed appropriate given the topic of purpose has been on my mind quite a bit lately.  To some degree all of us yearn for a sense of belonging, to know our strengths are being brought to bear, to know we are adding value or making a difference.

Several factors recently have me revisiting this, and yesterday’s passing of Billy Graham is one of them offering a fantastic example of someone who was singular in his belief, in his passion, in his vocation.  Put aside any religious biases for a moment … what leadership lessons can we take from his legacy?

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