Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.
No man is born Living Third—he must learn to do it through Positive Habit Transfer. To become what a Virtuous Leader is and do what he does, a man must defy his external first-nature by shedding it in favor of something deeper within himself, something every man is born to be but can only be if he is willing tolerate the Pain and Chaos required to become it. To be freed to Lead, a man must be willing to overcome Hardship.
To some degree then, this process is like childbirth in that the Leader is a man reborn from something within himself. The master, having already been through his own rebirth, is both midwife to this painful process and the one who determines when it is sufficiently complete. In this way, Apprenticeship is critical to the development of the Virtuous Leader.
1 CORINTHIANS 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
1 JOHN 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when.
We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.
Leaders Leading Leaders
Great leaders usually share these common traits:
- Good listeners
- Optimistic perceptive
Which traits do you exhibit?
Which traits can you improve?
You cannot transit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow.”
As you come alongside some of the people within your influence and mentor them, you and they may experience difficult times together.
You won’t be perfect and neither will they, but just keep in mind Henry Ford’s words:
“Your best friend is he who brings out the best that is within you.” Do your best to follow that objective, and you will help a lot of people.