I'm probably the last person on the planet to scold anyone on their addiction to their phone. That being said, I've come to a turning point. A place in time where I can see the enormous destruction this tiny device can create in my marriage, my friendships, and worst of all… my character.
Research shows that 73% of Americans feel “panicked” if they are away from their phone. To go even further, 14% of them say they feel “desperate”. Now before you judge, let's focus inward for a moment. Do you check your phone at the national average of every 5.6 minutes? Do you constantly pat your pockets or grab for your purse to be sure you're phone is safely with you?
The reality is, our phones have become more than phones. My good friend Jarrid Wilson beautifully stated, “We must bring our phone back to being an accessory, not a priority.”
As an entrepreneur, I've sat at the dinner table with celebrities, billionaires, investors, fathers, and even pastors. I've watched them disregard the human directly in front of them to communicate with someone who is obviously more important. They lack the present. They live in the future. And worst of all, they don't truly value people.
My good friend Propaganda performed this INCREDIBLE spoken word on the power of our greatest distraction. He calls it “Be Present”
Within seconds you'll be drawn in. By 1:15 you'll take a deep breath of conviction. By 3:45 you'll feel the motivation of change in your veins. By the end, you'll sit for a moment, goosebumps and all, trying to figure out if you're really capable, of being present.
How did this video make you feel? Did it touch you? Are you addicted to your phone? Tell me your biggest struggle in the comments below.
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