Related: Glenn's Find Your Voice list
GLENN: I started the hour with an experience that I had at the book signings this weekend we're people said, Glenn, thanks for being our voice and for the first time I found it necessary to talk to the group that was there and I said, no, no, no. I am not your voice. You must find your own voice because whoever it is that you say is my voice may be silenced. You may be separated from them. You have to find your own voice. Times are changing. Times are coming. You need to be the leader. You need to be the leader. And so I was explaining this and I wrote that down yesterday as I was writing some things down that I wanted to share with you and then the rest of this stuff came spilling out. The first one was find your voice and then I jotted down find yourself. Who are you really? What do you believe? You most likely have never been pushed on challenged on all of your beliefs deeply and lot of times you'll just go, well, I don't know. How many of the things that you believe did someone else tell you? How many of those things that you really hold as sacred beliefs, even God, did somebody else tell you or have you found it to be true on your own? Find those things to be true on your own because then you'll have that armor on you. You'll be able to know, you'll be a source. Can you support what you believe with real facts and real encourage and no bluster? Can you support it by getting quieter when your adversary gets louder? This is a tough one: Find your weakness.
These are all things to help you find your voice. It's a list that I -- Dan, if you could, I'll send you this list and if you could just put it out for the newsletter today or maybe I'll write a special note for newsletter subscribers today, but in finding your voice, you've got to find yourself. Find your weakness. I really, truly believe that your weakness is your strength and I shall make weak things strong. The thing that -- my biggest fear, my biggest regret, the thing I was the most ashamed of was The Christmas Sweater and now it is a strength for me and what I realized is -- look. You're going to go into the battle of life and you only have so many weapons. Okay? You've got all kinds of swords. You're going to need to use all of them. At one point in your life you're going to need to use all of them and if you realize that life is a battle, is a joy, but it is a battle, why keep taking out your strength? Your strength, what are you doing? When you're preparing for battle, if you knew you had to use every weapon in your quiver, if you had to use every single sword that you had, would you only use the sharpest? Would you only use the best, strongest sword? If you knew you had to use them all? Me, I would prepare by using the weakest sword and that would be the one that I would put into the fire and I would hammer it and hammer it and hammer it and I would sharpen it and I would work with it and I would fight with it, I would do everything I could to be as familiar with that sword as I possibly could because I knew I would have to use it at some point and in the end, when I got into battle, most likely I would grab that sword because that's the sword that no one would expect me to use. So, it would give me an advantage and take away their advantage because they would start with their strongest sword and I would be fighting with my weakest and they would discount me, they wouldn't realize the power that I have wielding that one. If I wield the weakest like that, can you manage what you can do with your strongest sword? It flips everything.
You're no longer powerless because you're no longer fighting the battle going, geez, this is my strongest sword. You're saying, this is my weakest sword. By the time he gets tired, I'm going to pull out the mother. They can't use it against you. Find your weakness. Turn it into your strength. Embrace your weakness. Settle the score with your weakness. Dismiss the power of your weakness. Put it away. Oh, really? You're going to scare me? Pfft. Embrace it. Look at it. Take it out. Examine it. Share it. Look at this. This is a guy I used to be. Do you know what I learned from that? I learned this. Wow. Is that nasty? And put it away. It will never harm you again. It will never -- it will -- I promise you this: If you accept the real gift of Christmas, it will do no harm to you.
The next one to find your voice is find your values. When you're looking at what do you really believe, what are the values that you really believe and then focus on those values. Make those your focus. A house divided against itself will not stand. You can't -- you can't compartmentalize your life. You can't say I have these values at home and these values at work. You must find your values and live them all the time. Find your love and what I mean by that is the experience add Wendy's this weekend, there has been so much hate planted in this country and I admit that I have planted my fair share of crops, but I am trying to sew different things and I have been trying to sew for awhile. We must uproot the seeds that we ourselves planted. We must go in and take them out of us. Forget about the hatred in somebody else. Take it out of you. This is really -- if you want to be we, the people, it has to be me, the person, I, the individual first. Take it out of you, uproot it. Pull it out. Plant it with goodwill for those who are different, for those who have a different faith, a different party, a different income.
Find the common ties and the love for those people. To find your voice as you go down this list, then you have to find your fellow Americans. Connect them. Encourage them. Encourage those who put the Constitution and service to God first, encourage them to wake up and wake other people up. And the last one is find your joy. This one's hard. Find your joy. It is not going to come from places that Americans are encouraged to find it, in stores or in sex or in power or in money. It's not going to be found there. Where do you find your joy? You need a well that you can drink from. What is it and what makes that real? What makes that and everlasting source for you, because there are going to be hard times and if you're going to be a leader, you need to be able to find that joy. You need to know where to go. Where can you find an unlimited supply? Whatever it is for you, find it. Find your joy. Find your fellow Americans. Find your love. Find your values. Find and conquer your weakness and make it your strength. Find yourself and you will find your voice.