Endurance.

Clarence W. Hall once shared this story,

A government official in Hong Kong tells the Chinese fable about an old man who had to cross a hill every day. Each day he took a stone in each hand from the top of the hill to the bottom. Asked why, he said, “I’m moving this hill. Not in my lifetime or in my son’s lifetime, but in time, this hill will be gone.”

That’s the first sign of leadership – the willingness to push forward through a conviction in the face of insurmountable odds and no one following. The only person that you’re leading at that time, is you.

You must lead yourself first before you lead others. And the more people ask you what you’re doing, some people will agree and get on board.

So whatever you’re into right now, even if no one recognizes your efforts, don’t panic, that’s just the prerequisite of finding out if you’re willing to follow your conviction or not.

Leaders must endure before they influence. #PushForward

If you can overcome yourself, you qualify to lead others. Friedrich Nietzsche in his book, The Will To Power reveals the virtue of endurance in human life in his dark way by saying,

To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities—I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not—that one endures.

I don’t wish discomfort on anyone but I do recognize the need to first endure through hardships well (however they show up) in order to be an influential leader. #EstablishYourJourney

P.S. “Get UP and Keep Moving!!”

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