Yep, The Grind & The Glory is moving forward! Today, I’m featuring another contributor for the book.
Name: Paul Wilson, Jr.
City: Atlanta, GA
Company/Organization: Biznovations, LLC
- When you were growing up, is this what you thought you would be doing vocationally? If not, what did you want to do? From an early ago I knew I had a special calling on my life to do something significant for God. I had some idea that I would be a speaker and in some kind of business, but I really wanted to be a professional athlete. Although I played sports I didn’t really have athlete genes. For a long time, I was running from my calling because I knew it would require a lot of me and I wasn’t ready to give in to those requirements. Eventually, I did but I am still realizing that the more I submit to God’s purpose for my life the more that I need to submit.
- What’s the most different job you’ve had from what you are doing now and how did that job help you with what you are doing now? I used to work at a car wash where I detailed cars. I’ve also worked at a fast food restaurant during college. From these two jobs I learned how to serve people with excellence. I also worked for a power company and did an internship at a car manufacturing plant. From these two jobs I learned the importance of the quality of your work.
- Who is one person, besides Christ, who most helped to shape your leadership and how did they help you? Pastor Bryan Crute taught me how to be focused, diligent, and true to God’s calling on my life as a leader.
- Besides the Bible, what is one book that has most helped to shape your thought process in life and work? Purpose Driven Life. I know part of my life calling is to help people discover and fulfill their purpose. That book helped bring clarity to what is a life of purpose. It was a catalyst for me to find practical ways to help people discover their specific life purpose.
- What do you do within your company/organization? How does it serve? My company provides motivational books and resources, personal and professional development, and media and technology consulting. Our goal is to equip people to unleash their potential through their purpose.
- What are three words other people would use to describe your work style/ethic? Creative, Passionate, Inspirational
- What is your greatest strength in leadership? Vision. I’m a big dreamer and I’m passionate about helping others dream big also. I’m also an idealist, so I focus a lot of attention on the future and what it will take to get there. I’m always want to make things better.
- What is your greatest weakness in leadership? Lack of patience. I get frustrated with people and environments that settle for the status quo or who are moving forward at a slower pace than I think they should move.
- What is the hardest thing you have to do in life and/or leadership? Denying my desires for the sake of others; Build lasting, quality relationships, because of the time and investment it requires in the midst of everything else going on.
- If you could give one piece of advice to other young leaders from what you’ve learned by experience, what would it be? Invest quality time in building quality relationships. At the end of the day, leadership is not about power or positions, it’s about the people that you reach and impact. If you build quality relationships, power, positions, and influence will come, but you’ll also have a healthy perspective on how to use them properly.