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“To cause greatness by mentoring men to live with excellence and, as mature masculine leaders, create successful families, careers and communities.”

 

 

Causing greatness…

This is the phrase that starts the mission statement for the men’s organization “Mentor Discover Inspire.”

It was written as a “purpose” by a 6-man team led by current MDI President Geoff Tomlinson and the late Kurt Thorne at an International Meeting in Los Angeles in 2008. According to Tomlinson, the “creation team” met outside on a front lawn under palm trees on a warm, Santa Ana wind, March afternoon. Present were women from the Family of Women at the same Internationals, and the mission was examined word for word with everyone in the room. Matt Lyons, of the Western Region, led the exercise to perfect what the team had written.

We all “cause greatness” in others and ourselves in various ways. Our own greatness has been caused by others just the same. The question becomes how can we continue this trend for the sake of everyone’s greatness in order to create a successful community?

 

Eight Articles On Creating Greatness

Who Caused Greatness In You?

Who Caused Greatness In You?

Thank you to Bob Walker, David Horobin, Brian Childers, Brad Leslie, Tom McCarter, Tom Mac, and Fred Rai. Each answered this question on a MDI Facebook page: "Who 'caused greatness' in you, and how did they do it?" See below for uplifting tributes to those who have...

A Tale of Greatness …  Starring You

A Tale of Greatness … Starring You

Justin LaBarge Producer, Legacy Magazine In my experience of life on a men’s team, I have learned a special skill. Through the many twists of my life’s journey, and and by ruthless compassion and collective wisdom, I’ve learned how to empower others. I’ve learned how...

The Seed of Your Greatness – Taking Root or Uprooted?

The Seed of Your Greatness – Taking Root or Uprooted?

Jim Ellis Editor The seed is planted in all of us, no matter from where we've come, or what we endure throughout our life. Our honorable task at hand is to cultivate that seed, give it what it needs to grow, and then act on higher impulses to have it fully bloom. And...

Your Potential Beckons

Your Potential Beckons

Dylan Stewart Columnist It starts small, and innocently enough. With a wish, with a dream, with a belief that there must be something more. But what results depends on you. We all have had visions of who we were supposed to be. What we were supposed to accomplish. The...

Squandered Talent, A Cautionary Tale

Squandered Talent, A Cautionary Tale

Dan Kempner Columnist My dad taught himself to play the guitar so he would have something with which to sing along. He created a four-finger piano style just so he could write songs using a special musical notation invented, for him, by my mom ... a notation that was...

It’s The Phallus, Fellas Part 2

It’s The Phallus, Fellas Part 2

Craig Jones Columnist Part 1 Can be found here In this month's "Notebook," I am pleased to continue our interview with an unlikely hero, one Clifford L. Johansen (initials, CLJ, interestingly enough, still correspond to my own), whose idea — seemingly a jest at first...

Former DC and RC Ponders All of Our Greatness

Former DC and RC Ponders All of Our Greatness

Abe Moore Guest Contributor Abe Moore, former division coordinator and regional coordinator of the Southwest Region, takes things at face value. When prompted to write on the topic of "greatness," with three questions to stimulate a conversation, Moore chose to do the...

All Men Must Be Reminded!

All Men Must Be Reminded!

By Fred BoylesColumnist Reminding men of their greatness. A few years ago when the housing bubble burst, I lost my customer base. I am an electric sign contractor. I was ready to sell my company and retire. But that was before I was hit by the perfect storm. As I...

6 Articles on Successful Communities

Comic Book Boy Finds His Community

Dan Kempner Contributing Writer My family moved around a lot in my early years. No, I wasn’t an army brat. My dad was long out of the service by then. In the army he had written for Stars and Stripes, done radio shows on the base and just generally prepared for a...

The Qualities of Truly Successful Communities

Jim Ellis Editor A successful community! Sounds easy enough. Let's see - what could be needed? What are the ingredients of a successful community? In order: People - Some gathering of more than one humanoid, possibly a bunch of em A dictator - let's call him or her a...

It’s The Phallus, Fellas

Craig Jones Columnist It did not look good for men's health overall at the beginning of the 21st century. An article in the NY Times reported that men committed 90 percent of homicides in the United States and represented 77 percent of homicide victims. They were the...

An Organization Vs. A Community

Eric Louie Columnist Eric Louie did the Sterling Men's Weekend in March 1995. Ever since he has been a proponent of the initiation event. Though the Men's Weekend is not a sanctioned MDI event, many of the MDI men had their start in men's work at that weekend and...

I’ve Been in a Cult; Now I’m in a Community

Sandt LitchfieldGuest Commentator From 1980 to 1990 I was in a cult. It was called Santeria, an Afro Cuban religion that was granted religious status in 1982 by the Supreme Court of the United States. They wore all white with a bunch of beads around their neck. One...

6 Articles on Successful Families

A Successful Family Similar to a Successful Team

Jim Ellis Editor   There is a mission statement of which I am familiar: “To cause greatness by mentoring men to live with excellence and, as mature masculine leaders, create successful families, careers and communities.” This belongs to Mentor Discover Inspire -...

Family and the Tale of Two Sons

Eric Louie Columnist   Eric Louie did the Sterling Men's Weekend in March 1995. Ever since he has been a proponent of the initiation event. Though the Men's Weekend is not a sanctioned MDI event, many of the MDI men had their start in men's work at that weekend...

One Family

Dylan Stewart Columnist     I think it’s time we take a deep hard look at the meaning of the word "family." Every generation has seen it differently. Every generation has defined it differently. For the generation in the 50s, it was Ozzie and Harriet, Leave...

A Christmas Asshole

Craig Jones Columnist   I started to hate Christmas shortly after my first wife and I had kids. Had I been engaged in gratitude work back then, I might have confronted my burgeoning disgust and resentment before it really took root. Someone would have challenged...

Mum and Dad – Great Teachers of Family Success

Satraipal Fred Rai Guest Writer   What is a successful family? I don't know about anyone else's interpretation, however, I can share of one successful family I encountered as a child and one in which I was surrounded by as I grew up. As a child I would ask my...

Taking a Bullet for My Daughters

Dan Kempner Contributing Writer Two kids, two worlds. My first daughter arrived in a huge birthing room in Massachusetts, in one of the world’s great hospitals. The labor was not easy. Like any man who attends such an event, I knew I was in over my head, and I saw...

6 Articles on Successful Careers

Men Define Terms for Successful Careers

We queried some of the men in our circles about their own definitions of "successful careers," and here is what they came up with: 50 years a musician42 years in the same job30 years YMAWOh yeah,..... and....42 years DaD20 years GrandadGo find some place to make a...

A Successful Career is not a Shackle Around My Will

Dylan Stewart Columnist Quit your job! Or start owning it. We talk about successful careers, but what does that mean? How do we define a successful career? Successful careers are not jobs. Successful careers are not short-term goals and aspirations. To have a...

What Are We Really Talking About With “Successful Careers?”

Jim Ellis Editor And so we are to cover the topic of "successful careers." It's part of the Mentor Discover Inspire Mission Statement. Well, the first thing we have to do is define our terms. Career - what the hell is that? And when did the concept first appear in our...

The Signs of Success

By Fred BoylesColumnist What does it mean to have a successful career for me? As an electric sign contractor, I recently had a challenging job. I was hired to make a sign fit over an existing sign, 12'x17' double-face. I had to duplicate a current sign, filled with...

Choosing My Own Success, With Apologies to Sean Connery

Craig Jones Columnist On Denali in May of 1986 I was faced with a classic decision. I was up there with my long-time climbing buddy Ralph, and he’d been stricken with high-altitude cerebral edema or HACE, also known as "mountain sickness," a very dangerous condition...

Merde! Squared – One Man’s Success Story

Dan Kempner Contributing Writer Dan Kempner Contributing Writer Various self-help gurus, TV ads and a long list of inspirational speakers have said, “You must be willing to fail to succeed.” What’s more, they say it with a straight face. I took this advice to heart...

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