Earlier this week I spoke with a friend that has an extraordinary gift, and an opportunity to use that gift at a much higher level.
If she chooses to pursue that opportunity she has to push through whispers of doubt that her mind is already generating about all that she is not.
She must push through her own comfort zone and perhaps the comfort zones of her friends and her family.
And then, she will have to risk being vulnerable to the people that will decide if her gift is what they need right now.
When we spoke about that opportunity, I encouraged her to pursue this with all of her heart. I believe that she was given this gift for a reason, that she will inspire others, and that her choice to take the risk is something her children will always remember.
As I think about the decision she has to make I am reminded of the movie The Lion King. There is a scene in the movie where Simba has been away from home for a long time because his evil uncle convinced him that he was responsible for his father’s death. After years of running away from the pain and trying to cover it up with play, his father appears to him in a vision and says, “Simba… You have forgotten who you are, and so forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba, you are more than you have become! …Remember who you are…”
This morning, I opened Google+ and watched Botlahle, an 11-year old girl, audition for South Africa’s Got Talent. (Thank you Ande Lyons for sharing!)
What strikes me in this video is that this young lady knows who she is. When she speaks the beautiful words of another poet, she brings her unique light and style and instantly engages the audience. Then when she is asked to share her own words her light becomes even brighter…
Please share: How do you remember who you are? And what are you doing with your gift?
This is a video by Instigator John M Bernard about the problems caused by the growth of government regulation. In this video, John tells the tale of two typical Americans, Tom and Irene, as they attempt to tangle their way through bureaucracy. John asserts that unless we refocus on citizen outcomes, and clean up the mess, our American way of life could end sooner than we imagine. Click here to watch this video.
Would you like to increase your impact in your local community? We began a community of leaders in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area last year that began with the Chick-fil-A Leadercast and we’ve gone on to host breakfast panel discussions that have a number of people in Tulsa sharing, discussing, and collaborating on the idea of character-based leadership.
Not in Tulsa? We’re planning a conference call series beginning in the 2nd Quarter of 2012 on starting a leadership community in your area. We’re interested in helping you maximize your character-based leadership impact in your local area. Leave us a comment below to learn more when those calls begin.
Here’s an interesting and brief video on the connection between risk, creativity and innovation. The narrator is David Burkus, a friend and the founder of The Leader Lab (www.theleaderlab.org). Check it out.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
Kevin talks about the event, the partnerships that brought it about and who should be attending. This isn’t just for first-time leaders. The workshop, like the book, cover a broad set of leadership topics designed to inspire and equip leaders to make a positive difference!