Live your why – How to discover purpose and live an impactful life.
Every leader has a story to share – successes, failures, life lessons, and humps that they have to go through. Each story takes them to different turning points in their lives that ultimately define the history and legacy of their life. While the scope and the definition may vary, every leader wishes to go through the pathway of success and fulfillment. After all, who doesn’t want to live a life in such a manner?
To those that may be starting out in their leadership journey, or even to those that are seasoned veterans, there is always a lesson to be learned from the path of another leader who has gone through many challenges in their life – who have gone through many events, many experiences, and many pathways.
In this episode, Steve White shares to us his remarkable journey from the housing projects to the board room and how he has come to the 7 pathways to success and fulfillment.
Steve White started working as a young boy, helping his single mother clean motel rooms. He knew his mom was far more capable than the work she was doing, and he wondered what she and his three younger brothers could achieve if they had means and opportunities. That’s when Steve developed an uncompromising mindset that would drive his attitude and effort which resulted into remarkable success.
Those early years taught Steve that an unwavering work ethic and commitment attracts opportunities that lead to an impactful life. His mother was living proof. If not for her fierce determination to provide for her four boys, Steve might never have observed—or participated in—life-defining moments that fueled his resolve.
Today, Steve applies the same uncompromising will to keep his purpose front and center. That purpose is to create a table of prosperity that everyone can participate in and enjoy. Steve is president and special counsel to the CEO of Comcast Cable. He works with executives on a number of important initiatives, including leadership development, strategic planning, diversity, equality, inclusion (DE&I), and digital equality.
This esteemed role punctuates eleven years of service as president of Comcast’s West Division. He led over thirty thousand employees and served twelve million customers, driving annual revenue of over $18 billion dollars. As the division leader, Steve was driven by continuous learning, radical responsibility, and an enduring commitment to shared excellence and teamwork. This focus led to the delivery of industry-leading results while being the number one division in the export of talent to assist other parts of the Comcast enterprise.
Before Comcast, Steve’s achievements at Colgate Palmolive were further confirmation that a commitment to his fight was working. His management roles at PepsiCo gave him the chance to shine in sales and management. He discovered his why at Baxter Travenol. While earning Rookie of the Year and advancing within the company’s ranks were rewarding, it was the leadership qualities in a soon-to-be mentor that captured Steve’s attention. He learned from this mentor and others who followed that working in corporate America requires not only collaboration and a shared purpose but also the critical and emotional support of a servant leader. From that moment, Steve looked for ways to serve others, which resulted in remarkable outcomes and an ever-increasing attendance at his table.
Steve is the Author of Uncompromising: How an Unwavering Commitment to Your Why Leads to an Impactful Life and a Lasting Legacy. And throughout Steve’s career, he has enjoyed many affiliations, including his recent board service with Hormel Foods, Shaw Communications, and W.W. Grainger. Steve is active in the academic arena at the University of Denver and serves on the board of New Leaders, which focuses on the leadership development of public school principals. He’s a member of Delta Boule’ and the Executive Leadership Council. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. He lives in Denver with his wife Barbita and son Stevie.
Tweetable Quotes and Mentions
“Role model the right behavior.” – Click to Tweet
“Make your children earn what they get.” – Click to Tweet
“No one was placed on this earth only for themself. We were placed on this earth to make a difference and make an impact.” – Click to Tweet
“The level of quality always drops to the person at the bottom.” – Click to Tweet
“The reason people repeat the same mistakes over and over is they never take time to reflect.” – Click to Tweet
“Whatever your giving gift is, you got to focus on reflection, educating yourself, and then surrounding yourself with the right people.” – Click to Tweet
“Once you identify your purpose and what you’re trying to do, that is what you’re ruthless about.” – Click to Tweet
“Life is not a straight line to success. You have to navigate through uncertainty.” – Click to Tweet
“Identifying your why gives you meaning and direction.” – Click to Tweet
“Focus on the real prize.” – Click to Tweet
“Live life as a learning lamp.” – Click to Tweet
“Success is not a straight line, it’s always a crooked road.” – Click to Tweet
“Think and act like a business of You, Inc.” – Click to Tweet
“The only two things you can control is attitude and effort.” – Click to Tweet
“It’s not about what happens to you, it’s how you respond, how you deal with it.” – Click to Tweet
“It’s never the size of the impact, it’s the idea of making an impact.” – Click to Tweet
Advice for others
Relax! It’s not that serious. When we’re younger, everything is the end of the world if it does not go perfectly right. Life is going to be about successes and failures. Take it as an opportunity to learn, and you can enjoy life more. We tend to live life looking forward too much and not always enjoying the moment. We’re only here for a small period of time. Find a way to enjoy the moment, and that allows the journey to becoming even more enjoyable.
Holding him back from being an even better leader
Fear of failure.
Best Leadership Advice
Pick and select your friends very carefully. You’re a composite of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Be selective in who you put in your circle.
Secrets to Success / Tools
Links and Resources
Steve’s website: https://www.stevewhitespeaks.com/
Steve’s book: https://amzn.to/3RDbnvx
Steve’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/SteveWhiteInc
Steve’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SteveWhiteInc/
Steve’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stevewhiteinc/
Steve’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevewhiteinc/
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