I have a deep rooted passion for learning, and one thing I’ve thought about since I was a kid is that I’ll still be sharp minded and productive way into my senior years; that’s a life goal of mine.
Yesterday was the first day of the next decade. I took the time to look through some of my posts in various categories from the last 10 years just to see what I was writing about in 2010! I’m sad to say this, but for all the talk about leadership it’s really a hit or miss because it begins with this: Great leaders don’t tell you what to do, they show you how it’s done.
Are you fed up with the status quo? Or are you like most everyone else and just go along with what is? Mavericks, misfits, rebels, renegades, trouble makers, whatever you want call us; we get a bad rap. We are seen as the enemy of stability because we’re not afraid to shake things up; and most of the times shaking things up is what’s fun for us.
Leadership is hard. It’s not about giving commands and mandates; it goes beyond that. You have to get involved with people, care about them. It’s about influence. You see successful leaders deliver results through relationships. With that said, you can tell a lot how someone leads by the way his / her followers behave.
Last year I wrote about dealing with failure. I’ve experienced it a handful of times; we all have. As an entrepreneur, the main message is that you should expect it. Losing, making mistakes, it’s part of life. It happens to all of us. And those that don’t experience failure aren’t really living their best life; they’re content with simply sticking to a safe and predictable routine.
Are you willing to suffer? Before I make a decision, I ask myself this question when I approach a new challenge I’m thinking about.
I’ve heard many people tell me they love learning. Often it’s just a spur of the moment thing where they have to say something because they can’t keep quiet. Most simply read stuff. Yes, reading is a way to learn. But the best learning happens when you do something; most people don’t approach learning this way.