I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July and that you’re still feeling a patriotic glow after yesterday. Even with all the festivities, I’m sure your mind wandered to reflecting on the challenges in our world today. I get it. This is a difficult season for America in many ways. If we want to get back to better times, it’s going to take a lot of us stepping up to lead and serve in different ways than we might have in the past.

Last week, I posted some thoughts on LinkedIn that quickly garnered 5,000+ impressions. I sense I struck a chord. I shared that “our problems as a society aren’t going to be solved unless more of us risk pushing past our comfort zone to serve humanity. Our world needs leaders. No one is coming to save us (unless we expect our kids and grandkids to do that) so buck up folks and take a risk to lead better. It’s not about what you believe. I value your opinions. Especially if they are different from mine. That’s freedom. It’s about what you do to bring about peace, change, and opportunity for all.”

The fascinating part is that you don’t have to do much to contribute well. One leader shared a quote from Edmund Burke when commenting on my post:

No one made a bigger mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.

You’ve heard the popular expression that freedom isn’t free. We all seek thriving lives. And we’re fortunate enough to have the freedom to find the best path forward for us and our families. We pursue that path by taking risks toward the work, joy, impact, and life goals that matter. In our new book, Bet on You, Angie and I share step-by-step guidance for winning with risk. We explore how to take intentional action to bet on yourself so you can be stronger for others.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been hosting Author’s Circles for the book. Author’s Circle is a one-hour, virtual, discussion of the insights in Bet on You in the company of other professionals.  It’s a casual, fun exchange.  It’s also a great opportunity to take an hour for yourself and your growth- and to support the success of others- it’s one small step that you can take to cultivate freedom and opportunity for someone else.

If you would like to be part of a future Author’s Circle, please just send me an email. You can also include the names and email addresses of 2-3 other people you know would value this discussion. I’ll send all of you an invitation to participate as my guest. (And a free copy of Bet on You). I’ll need your RSVP by July 8th. You can email me at: clynch@leadstar.us

Angie and I have seen the difference that leaders at all levels can make. Thank you for sharing the leadership lessons of Bet on You. I look forward to hosting you and your friends, family members and colleagues at my Author’s Circle. The more we learn, the better future we can create.

 Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch are Lead Star’s co-founders, leadership coaches, and the bestselling authors of SPARK, Leading from the Front, and Bet on You. They help professionals reach new levels of success through their innovative coaching program, Year to Rise.