My name is Dale Partridge. I’m a millennial. And it hurts. My generation has such a poor definition of leadership it almost causes me anxiety. The internet, though it has brought incredible value and information to our world, has also given a voice to many who shouldn’t talk.
If you’ve spent anytime reading the pages of old books, hearing the stories of great men and women of time’s past, you’ll see this visible degradation of maturity. You’ll see this generation advertise their ignorance when they speak on direction, wisdom, and success.
And as the great Winston Churchill once said, “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time.”
I believe that’s exactly what we do in this podcast. And as I say in today’s interview, I offer my loyalties and followership to very few people. But today’s guest is one of them. Jim Van Eerden is not just a rare leader, but a heritage man, stellar entrepreneur, husband to a radiant wife, and father of 11 children. Yes… eleven. 10 natural and one adopted (who also has Downs Syndrome).
In this episode, Jim and I discuss marriage, children, and leadership. As you might know, I’ve interviewed high caliber leaders from Jeff Foxworthy and Donald Miller to New York Times Bestselling Authors and social media influencers. But today’s show is top notch. You can listen by using the podcast player below.
Powerful Quotes From This Episode
- Marriage requires some highly mature character traits: commitment, selflessness, and endurance.
- What if your greatest achievement is not something you do, but someone you raise?
- A sixty-hour workweek will not compensate for a poorly led personal life.
- Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.
- A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everybody else is whispering privately.
- It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
What did you think? Were you challenged or inspired? Or maybe you hated it. Let me know in the comments below.