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Freedom vs. Captivity


“Leadership to me is the difference between freedom and captivity.”

- Jared Yellin


What an interesting time we are living in…


Right now, 99.9999% of the world is stagnant, in a position of fear, waiting to be told what to do next…


-Wear mask

-Social distance

-Get a vaccine

-Don’t go to work

-Don’t spend time with anyone

-Don’t send your kids to school

-Etc. Etc. Etc.


This post has NOTHING to do with my opinion of what’s right or what’s wrong for the record, so please don’t turn this into a debate, but what it does focus on is the captivity of NOT being a leader in your own life.


Because as 99.99999% of the world is paralyzed in fear, the .000001% I refer to as the changemakers, the disruptors, the innovators, the status quo challengers, will step into a space of leadership and seize this opportunity.


The reason I define “waiting to be told what to do,” as captivity is because you have no freedom…


When your life is determined based on someone else's rules, beliefs, visions, etc. you have given up your RIGHT of FREEDOM by stepping down as a leader.


And there is NO gray with leadership...



You can’t choose to be a leader in one domain of your life and then a follower in another…


For example, you can’t choose to lead as a parent, but be a follower in your career because your career will then impact your ability to lead as a parent.


And please don’t interpret this as being the owner, founder, or executive of a company…


LEADERSHIP has nothing to do with your title…

LEADERSHIP is NOT something you are given or earned…

LEADERSHIP is not a status…


But what leadership IS…


IS A CHOICE!


You make the CHOICE to live as a model….

You make the CHOICE to care about other people WINNING more than you care about yourself WINNING...

You make the CHOICE to be decisive…

You make the CHOICE to do RIGHT regardless of who is watching…

You make the CHOICE to inspire…

You make the CHOICE to show up, step in, and LEAD!


And now more than ever before…



WE NEED YOU TO LEAD!


We need you to recognize that if you don’t lead, you have no freedom.

We need you to recognize that if you don’t lead, you will be held captive.

We need you to recognize that if you don’t lead, you will not fulfill your purpose in this life.


Once again…


It’s your duty…

It’s your right…

It’s your responsibility…


TO LEAD!


And please remember…


Leadership is NOT a status…

Leadership is NOT based on the amount of money you have in the bank…

Leadership is NOT only for the smart…

Leadership is NOT for college graduates…


Leadership is an even-playing field because it’s a choice.


You don’t earn it…

It’s not given out…


It’s a decision you make EVERY SINGLE DAY…


And this decision will be based on how you answer this question…


DO you want FREEDOM or do you want CAPTIVITY?


If you choose FREEDOM…


You MUST LEAD, regardless of title, regardless of skin tone, regardless of economic status, regardless of educational level, regardless of anything…


MAKE THE CHOICE…


Step in…

Step up…

Choose LEADERSHIP today!


Live with Intention,


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