Knowing how to do a job is the accomplishment of labor – showing others is the accomplishment of the teacher – making sure the work is done by others is the accomplishment of the manager – inspiring others to do better work is the accomplishment of the leader.
The best teacher for a leader is evaluated experience.
What I had been taught all my life was not true: experience is not the best teacher! Some people learn and grow as a result of their experience; some people don’t. Everybody has some kind of experience. It’s what you do with that experience that matters.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent.
You have no control over how much talent you possess. You control only what you do with it.
The most talented do not always end up as celebrities, and those with less talent often do. Upsets are written into our history and occur around us every day.
Make a point to continually search for a better way of doing things, even when things are going well, to ensure that a better alternative has not been overlooked and to keep your creative talents in practice.
Talent allows people to stand out, but their wrong choices make them sit down.
The key choices you make-apart from the natural talent you already have-will set you apart from others who have talent alone.
Leadership development is a lifetime journey, not a quick trip.
If you don’t love where you are right now, you won’t love where you are going. Here is what I know: People who are passionate about what they do every day and love where they are in life are the fortunate ones. They have discovered their purpose. They are the difference makers who fully understand the gift of adding value, and yes, they can’t help but love where they are going on their journey.
When contemplating the pursuit of a dream or the start of a new venture, too many people are hesitant to begin because they can’t comprehend the entire journey. If that’s where you find yourself right now, don’t expect to understand what it takes to get to the top. Just take the next step. There’s no shame in starting small; in fact, if you don’t start small, you’ll probably never start at all.
One of the major keys to success is to keep moving forward on the journey, making the best of the detours and interruptions, turning adversity into advantage.
The dream is free…but the journey will cost you something.
No matter where you are in your leadership journey, never forget that what got you to where you are won’t get you to the next level.
Dreams don’t work unless you do
Although it’s admirable to be ambitious and hard-working, it’s more desirable to be smart-working.