“How Do You Eat an Elephant?”


“How do you eat an elephant?” This was a question my Grandpa would frequently ask me when I was young boy. I was always puzzled by it and could never remember the answer, luckily, my Grandpa would kill my “cluelessness” by telling me that the way  you eat an elephant is by taking one bite at a time. Now I’m sure my Grandpa wasn’t the only person to tell this saying, because as I grew older I heard it from many different people. But looking at where we are at today, this homespun truth has never become so prevalent than now. Because I believe as Leaders, there are a lot of so-called “ELEPHANTS” in our life. These elephants are Tasks and goals that we think are insurmountable and seem impossible to achieve. Of these many challenging goals and tasks that we think of, the most common I have found is the idea of Changing our World for the Better. When talking about goals, one of the biggest objectives for Leaders is to Change our World. And as big as this goal maybe, rest assured, because it is achievable, in fact, people all through history have been doing it. For example, in the 1800’s there was a boy who said to his Mama that he wanted to grow up and change the world, and years later, he invented something called the Light Bulb. Over 180 years ago, a little boy in a log cabin prayed to God saying, “Lord help me change this world!” And even though he had lost 8 prior political elections, he would not give up and would later become the 16th President of the United States and create some of the most prolific legislation in American History that would ultimately impact millions of lives across the globe. Today, a man in a Ford Truck with a bumper sticker on the back saying “WorldChanger” was going through the McDonald’s Drive-Thru and paid for the people behind him. You see, changing the world is a great goal to have, but I have found from my own experiences that it isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight. Its a collaborative effort that never gives up and comes with the understanding that we are all in this together. It all starts by taking one step at a time and it’s the littlest things that can make the Biggest Differences. We have to come to the conclusion that an Outward Impact starts with an Inward change. A change in our attitudes, a change in our outlooks, and even a change in our hearts. And that since we only Live once, than we better think Twice about the choices we make and start believing in a world changed for the better. So I have a question for you, do you have any elephants in your life? Better yet, do you want to Change the World? Because if you do, than please know that “We” can achieve this goal by taking one bite, one step, and one choice at a time. Keep the Fire alive and always remember to stay hungry! 🙂

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Brandon Baumgarten

Brandon Baumgarten grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma and was elected to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as State Secretary, State President, and as a National Officer Candidate representing nearly 25,000 students on the local, state, and national levels from 2011-2013. Afterwards, Brandon launched his speaking career and authored the highly sought after leadership book, Caught Up & Called Out, hoping to help others see the impact they can make on this world. He is a professional speaker, speaking at over 100 different events each year, and a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Leadership, and was even named a top 10 student. He is a Zig Ziglar Legacy & Youth Certified Presenter and his message is always to engage, encourage, and empower you to do something big in your life! No matter if you are a student, teacher, parent, or business executive, Brandon's presentations are certain to make you laugh, think, and realize your impact is about to begin!

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