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If there is a task to be done, it seems that the same personalities offer their help again and again.  It is the survivors that do what must be done.  They have lived through it, and in their empathy, move forward knowing that they have done it and can keep going.

I spent the weekend with my siblings.  One took charge when a stranger wandered into the middle of a child’s group, guiding away the individual to neutral ground.  Another stepped in to the middle of a crisis, doing the most unpleasant of tasks, because it had to be done despite the pain.

Is it inner strength or confidence? Perhaps, it is the remnant of how we were raised.  We operate with conviction in the midst of a crisis.  Resolving an issue is first and foremost, then can be debated later.  When challenged with life issues, we have witnessed, and risen up, to do that which must be done for someone else’s physical well-being, and dealt with our own emotions later.  We were raised with a sense of urgency and responsibility that I miss seeing around me; I find it to be inspiring.

There are plenty who like to take credit, but few that will roll up their sleeves.  That is the difference that separates leaders from managers and individuals from the collective.

To me, being tenacious in the face of challenges, is what gets the job done.  Whether personally or professionally, taking the first step is what moves it along.  There will be many doubts, and doubters, that will deconstruct after the fact, but it is an act of strength to care enough to make a difference.

 

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When you meet another idealist, and hear that although he would be considered an “expert” by many, he believes that he is wise because he knows what he doesn’t know (his words), my respect rises.

He also believes that the responsibility of leadership is teaching, mentoring, sharing information, and improving an individual to the point where she can grow, learn, and move on if that is the next step in her personal and professional development.

Hallelujah!!

While I may have strength in some areas, it is my goal and desire to continue to learn ~ always.  Why would I want to stagnate and have to hide the breadth of possibility?  Mentoring shouldn’t end at a certain age.  If we want our children to have the best opportunity for a well-rounded education, inspiration, and encouragement, do any of us ever outgrow that need?

To those who are not afraid to share their knowledge, thank you.  To those who are experts, please share your knowledge. It will not make any less of you, but will carry forward.  If you want to make an impact as a leader, and person, bring your idealism and intelligence into the world.  Create opportunities for life-long learning, self-esteem and personal growth.  It makes for happy employees, positive interaction, and broad thinking.

I would like to believe that knowledge isn’t knowledge until you give it away.

 

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