Personal Growth with Michael and Carolyn
At Loveworks, we believe personal growth can be a blast! This week Michael and Carolyn are sharing a little bit of our afterschool curriculum called the Habitudes by Tim Elmore.
Carolyn’s favorite is the Habitude of the starving baker. The story is that there is a baker who is always making bread for everyone else and making sure everyone is fed. However, the baker forgets to feed himself during that time. The lesson is that we need to take some time to take care of ourselves so that we can serve others better.
Now, let’s meet our dreamer and doer!
Keagan Henson: CEO of BriteBee
Keagan is a seasoned and passionate creator, entrepreneur living by the motto BEE a LIGHT, former insurance agency owner (sold so I could put my creative juices to work on my new BriteBee), and hands-on leader specializing in being a bright example of resiliency, quality, energy, and value; dedicated to integrity and commitment; steadfast believer in the insurance agent model and serving the underserved market to give them the opportunity to win!
Keagan says he is a major dreamer! He can give any idea wings to fly.
Dreaming as a Kid
Growing up, Keagan was surrounded by a family of entrepreneurs. He knew would always be supported since his family took big risks toward their dreams. Keagan became fascinated by business because it had so many opportunities to make dreams come true. He loves that there is an opportunity to help serve others and meet people where they are at through business. He wanted to be a light and serve people with his life.
Choosing your Experiences
In high school, Keagan worked at Chick-Fil-A and became the general manager at the young age of 17. He was working almost full time, but he says it was the best experience he ever had. Many people told him he was missing out on his high school experience, but he only focused on what he was learning through this job and all the opportunities that came with it. Keagan explains that you should always listen to what other people are saying you should experience. It’s your choice to experience what you feel is right for you and others cannot make that choice for you.
Giving Up the Good for the Great
Eventually Keagan turned down the opportunity to own a Chick-Fil-A to move to Washington D.C. Even though many people said he was all set if he could own the store, Keagan did not want to be “set”. He didn’t want to be limited in his ability to dream. After moving to Washington D.C., Keagan decided that as much as he loved the restaurant business he wanted to focus more on his family.
Sometimes you don’t know what the best choice is. Keagan remembers asking a lot of questions to try and discern what his future holds. He realized after asking questions that the dream his managers had was not in alignment with his dream. He also realized that dreams can shift over time and become more mature. Sometimes pride can get in the way of our dreams, but taking a position of humility can help you cultivate your dreams.
Middle School Advice
There can be so many pressures and people telling you what you need to be. It’s good to listen to that, but you need to stop and consider what is true and what is not true. Be cautious and practice discernment to decide what is true and what you need to surround yourself with.
Spend time with those who have been successful, but don’t compare your current position to theirs. Remember others have started where you are to get where they are today.
- Don’t let others tell you what to experience. Choose your experiences.
- Sometimes you have to give up good things to find the great things.
- Ask questions to help you choose the right path to take in life.