Five Elements that Cause You to Win


RamseyI had the great privilege of attending the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011.  Catalyst is a leadership experience that is excellent in every, single way.

The two-day event featured some of the leading voices in ministry, government, entertainment, and industry, sharing on the topic of Be Present.

One of the leaders that shared a keynote address was Dave Ramsey speaking on the topic of “Five Elements that Cause You to Win.” Below you will find some of the key points of his presentation.

Dave Ramsey (October 6, Catalyst 2011)

As believers, we should be “evangelists with our excellence.”  It will set us apart.

Five Elements that Cause You to Win:

1.) Remember that people matter

  • Be mindful of you relational IQ, or your ability to connect with others.
  • We all have a story and we all have something we wish were not there.
  • Opportunities come through people.

2.) An incredible team and culture of excellence matters

  • If your gonna put a fish on it, you better drive it right. Same principles applies to ever part of our life.
  • Be cautious of the temptation to bring the people we minister to onto our team.
  • Everyone has a set of gifts to contribute, but when put in the wrong place (assignment), their energy and contribution to the organization is stolen.
  • Put the right people “on the bus.”
  • When hiring someone, conducts a “spousal interview” before hiring.
  • “I want to work with people who need help, not put them on the team.”
  • Just because you have talent doesn’t mean you should be on the team.

3.) Slow and steady matters

  • Do not let life go faster than your resources can allow you to go.
  • We live in a culture of hare but the tortoise always wins the race.

4.) Financial principles matter

  • Live on less than you make.
  • Save money.
  • Stay out of debt.
  • Have a written plan.
  • Learn to be generous (in use of resources and treatment of people).

5.) A higher calling matters

  • If you are in the middle of donkeys, stand up and be a thoroughbred.
  • Always tell the truth and show up on time.
  • Bring “it” all day long.
  • Do your work as unto the Lord, as if you were doing it for Jesus.
  • When you care deeply about the “why,” then you are working in a way that overcomes obstacles. It polishes and shines your work.

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