The Tricycle Effect Book
It is my belief that as adults, we are just big kids. We simply know how to act, and hide things better than we did when we were younger, but the truth is that our character is still the same as when we were 2-3 years old. With that in mind, I believe that we each need to make a choice to lead ourselves with character first if we are to gain any real significance in our life's journey.
When I first started to teach about leading with character first, I used a 3 legged stool. However, it soon became obvious that the stool did not have any movement and that the meaning for each of the legs of the stool could actually be explained better through the three wheels of a tricycle. I thought that was a wonderful idea. The concept of The Tricycle Effect takes each person back to their childhood to help them connect with their real character.
The front wheel of the tricycle is the biggest wheel and it is what I call the Character Skill Wheel. The front wheel also has the handle bars and pedals directly connected to it, so it helps us learn that we get our direction and our momentum in life through the character wheel or in other words, leading with character first. The rear wheels are much smaller but are balanced since they are the same size. One of those wheels I call the Technical Skill Wheel, and the other the People Skill Wheel. Together, both of these wheels form the Competence Skill Wheels. It is very important in life that the Competence Skill Wheels are balanced and provide a smooth ride as well as the support for the person pedaling the tricycle. The seat of the tricycle is what I call the "Seat of Courage" (Courage is a Choice) since this is the place the person makes decisions about the direction, speed, and control of the tricycle.
The Tricycle Effect book is filled with real-life heart-warming personal stories that paint a picture of how we so desperately need to get back to leading and living a life with Character first. Only then can we move from success to significance, and as Zig says, "from the things money can buy to the things money can't buy."
I sincerely hope you enjoy this book and that it can in some practical way provide you with a moral compass to help you on your journey through life.
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