Master Yourself First

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” — John F. Kennedy

One of the keys to success in any endeavor is continuous learning. Before we can try and master others, we need to be sure that we are the master of ourselves. Before we can teach someone else, we have to have learned it first. When you develop a Positive Mental Attitude, you immediately set yourself apart from the crowd. You become a leader because positive thinking leads to positive action, while negative thinking leads to apathy and inaction. When you take the initiative in any situation, others will follow simply because they like to associate with people who know where they are going. In order to lead, however, you must first be willing to discipline yourself. The first rule of leadership is never to ask others to do what you are unwilling to do yourself. You can lead only by example. Being a leader requires you to work harder and longer than the others and proving you are the master of your own destiny.

Tom Landry said, “Leadership is getting someone to do what they don’t want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve.” I like this definition because I think, deep down, all people have a need to succeed. The problem is that most people aren’t willing to pay the price it takes to achieve something, but a good leader will help them catch the vision and inspire them do what it takes to achieve. Before we can inspire and help someone else achieve, we have to be inspired and willing to pay the price our self.

Have an inspiring day and then go share it with someone else.


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