Terry Lee

The story we tell ourselves is the same story we tell the world | COO @MeUndies | @NotreDame | for Him, through Him

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Start Your Day with Momentum

“Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed. It was a simple task—mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”

-William McRaven, former US Navy Admiral and Commander of USSOCOM

What is the first thing you do when you wake up? Do you commit to a morning routine?

A common thread I’ve noticed among...

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Just Do It

I recently read a great piece from one of best creatives in the world, Virgil Abloh, and he shared the following advice (full interview here):

What I notice with a lot of people is that they have big dreams, but they’re still just talking about it. Okay, you want to build a spaceship, and you can’t build it tomorrow. But there are some intermediate steps that you could do that you’re not doing that you’re just talking about. If you want to be Anna Wintour, it’s so possible, but most people just assume it will be possible later, like something magical needs to happen. They believe that more than they believe, like, ‘Hey, I can go to Vogue or I can start my own magazine now and pretend like I’m Anna Wintour and build up enough esteem.’ I guess that’s how I do it — I don’t look at the big goal. I can just chip away. But everyone can do that! There’s no magic. I use opportunities to tell...

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Be the First

Do you ever find yourself waiting on the other person? Whether it’s a simple greeting or a fight that has yet to be resolved, I believe it’s human nature to wait for the other to be the bigger person and act first.

In those situations, it becomes like a chess game where you’re waiting — almost anticipating— the other person’s move. However, you wait and wait until it’s too late without recognizing how an opportunity has just passed by.

After listening to a recent Tim Ferriss podcast episode, I’m inspired to “be the first.”

Be the first to:

  1. Smile and say hello.
  2. Apologize and take responsibility.
  3. Say thanks and express gratitude.
  4. Lend a helping hand.
  5. Open up and share my failures.
  6. Listen instead of speak.
  7. Break silence and talk things out.
  8. Stand up for someone or something I believe in.
  9. Empathize and demonstrate compassion.
  10. Love.

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Letter to My Future Self

Inspired by Chris Sacca, I wrote a letter to myself on 1.1.15. The purpose of this letter was to write from the perspective of my “1.1.16 self” and recap what happened in 2015. Here it is below:

Dear Terry,

2015 was not only a great year, but it was THE year I recommitted myself to Christ and living in a way that gives glory to Him. I began having consistent, intimate quiet times where I reflected on His word, gave thanks, and reminded myself that He is in the driver’s seat. 2015 was the first year where I proactively reached out to God instead of being motivated by a personal tragedy or challenge that became too difficult to overcome by myself. 2015 was the year I fully realized that Greatness is not by my own doing, but rather it is achieved by aligning myself to be used by a great God.

2015 was the year I overcame my insecurity of being judged, disliked, or ridiculed. Of course,...

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Introspection

I just got back from a trip to England and Italy and I always find traveling as the best medium to get inspired and let my mind wander.

Below are some thoughts I wrote down during my trip:

Good vs. Great:

  1. The threshold between good and great is small. I’m close (to either). This drives two things: 1. An unwavering self-belief that I will become great if I continue to make the necessary sacrifices and commit to mastery of my craft and 2. A humility and inherent understanding that greatness is not the result of me but the result of faith, the support of loved ones, luck and opportunity, hard work, and sacrifice.

  2. I think when you’re young and naive, you don’t realize the potential you have. The first step toward greatness is internalizing that you can indeed become great. Every single person has the opportunity to be great at something. Some are afforded more opportunities than...

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Debunking “Failure Is Not an Option”

“Leaders who have never failed are fragile. They see the world divided between winners and losers, and they desperately want to avoid falling into that latter category, so they never try new things. If they tried something new, they might fail, and that would ruin their streak. When this type of person manages a team, then no one can fail, and that sets up a really terrible environment.”

-Chris Holmberg

I often hear people recite and live by the quote, "failure is not an option.” I wholeheartedly disagree with this mentality because often our greatest failures:

  1. Lay the groundwork for our greatest successes.

  2. Lead to innovation which is the uncovering of new ideas or processes that lead to better solutions. Conversely, fear of failure leads to risk intolerance and the status quo.

  3. Produce grit which helps us persevere in the face of future adversity. I love Possible’s definition of...

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28 and Still Kicking…

Sam Altman published this amazing post last week, and it inspired me to share my thoughts as I turn 28. Here it goes in no particular order:

  1. God is greater than our circumstance. You’re not alone. Nothing is too difficult to overcome. There is always a way out.

  2. Success and failure are not binary. Often, our greatest failures lay the groundwork for our greatest successes. And if we’re not careful, our greatest successes can lead to our greatest failures.

  3. Family over everything. Work hard to share amazing experiences with those whom you love. They make every sacrifice worth it.

  4. When in doubt, smile. It has the power to defuse and uplift any situation.

  5. Do one gutsy - something that scares you - thing every day. Become comfortable being uncomfortable. You’ll expand your comfort zone.

  6. Dream big, and then force yourself to dream bigger. Your outcome is dictated by how grand your vision...

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Oh…You Sell Underwear?!

I recently watched Simon Sinek’s TED talk (TED’s third-most popular talk of all time), where he draws parallels between great leaders throughout history and surfaces one common differentiator: They all started with “why” they were doing what they were doing.

For me, the entire lecture can be distilled down to a single question:

Why do you get out of bed in the morning?

I get out of bed because I have an opportunity each and every day to make a positive impact, namely through my contributions at MeUndies.

Yes, we sell underwear, but that doesn’t scratch the surface of what we do. Selling underwear is how we make money, but that doesn’t begin to define our reason for being. We exist to:

  1. Empower you to feel comfortable in your own skin and be happy with who you are.

  2. Inspire you to have authentic self-confidence that doesn’t waver in the face of criticism or ridicule from others.

  3. ...

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Job vs. Calling

There’s this old parable about two men laying bricks:

Somebody comes up to the first man and says what are you doing?

“I’m building a wall,” he replies.

He asks the other guy. He says, “I’m building a Cathedral.”

There is a job and there is a calling. There’s a distinct difference between the two.

Are you building a wall? Or are you building a cathedral?

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How to Lead

I wanted to share my approach to leadership that I’ve refined over the past few years, especially in the last six months since I joined MeUndies. It incorporates a lot of best practices shared by leaders I’m inspired by: Brian Chesky, Tristan Walker, Keith Rabois, Ben Horowitz, among others.

Triaging: Survey the Scene, Prioritize, and Take Action

  1. At first, everything is going to feel like a mess. Too much process and predictability = not innovating/creating fast enough.
  2. New problems every day that require triaging to survey the scene, prioritize, and take action.
  3. Some things will look serious, but they are actually colds.
  4. Don’t allocate time and resources toward solving this because it’s just going to go away.
  5. Other things are going to present themselves as colds, but if not diagnosed properly, they can actually become fatal.
  6. Prioritize and allocate time and resources toward solving...

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