Lessons Learned

July 11.  Deb Gordon’s Birthday.  So let’s start with Happy Birthday to the woman who has been by my side for 38 and a half years. 

I couldn’t have done what I did for the last 37 years without her.  She has been a rock star and taught me two very important things.  Today, on her day, I will share them with you and hope they help you too. 

1.  See The Good
     John Maxwell said “treat people like a 10”.  In other words see the good in people and in situations.  Deb has a way of doing that in a way I don’t all of the time.  I’ve worked to be better at it because of her example. 

2.  See Both Sides
     Deb was always very good at helping me to see the other side of an issue.  Too often I would think I had an answer to a problem or issue and she would help me to pause and consider another point of view.  I know that she helped me to avoid some potential difficulties by helping me to see things a bit more clearly.

Some reading this will know Deb, some will not but we can all learn from her on her birthday.  The lessons she taught me can likely help someone else reading this too.

I am grateful and blessed.  I hope you are too. 

I’m cheering for you.

#leadership #motivation #coaching
#bebetter #beblessed


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

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