I found this story about leadership to be a simple but great example of persistence in the face of jaded opposition.

A teacher assigned her 12th-graders to pick a leader and write an essay. Most kids wrote about famous people, but a student named Julius titled his paper, “Benny: The Man on the Bus.”

“I’ve been taking a public bus to school for years,” he wrote. “Most passengers were going to work and almost no one ever talked to anyone else. “About a year ago, an elderly man got on the bus and said loudly to the driver, ‘Good morning!’ Most people looked up annoyed and the bus driver just grunted.

The next day the man got on at the same stop and again he said loudly, ‘Good morning!’ to the driver. By the fifth day, the driver greeted the man with a cheerful ‘Good morning!’ and Benny said loudly, ‘My name is Benny. What’s yours?’ The driver said his name was Ralph.

“That was the first time any of us heard the driver’s name and soon people began to talk to each other and say hello to Ralph and Benny. After about a month, Benny extended his cheerful ‘Good morning!’ to the whole bus. Within a few days his ‘Good morning!’ was returned by a whole bunch of ‘Good mornings’ and the entire bus seemed to be friendlier.

“If a leader is someone who makes something happen, Benny was our leader in friendliness.

“A month ago, Benny stopped getting on the bus. Some of us thought he died and no one knew what to do. The bus got awfully quiet again. “So I started to act like Benny and say, ‘Good morning!’ to everyone and they cheered up again. I guess I’m now the leader.”

In athletics sometimes when we have BIG goals that we would love to reach, it is easy to find those who are not as ready to do or believe what is being said. But the leader has to be the one who is persistent in always bringing to light the very thing the team feels can’t be done until everyone buys-in.

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