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Do Dumb Things

December 13, 2013 — 28 Comments

What’s the worst that could happen? I double-dog dare you. You’re not chicken, are you?

The words that come before we do something stupid.

Ever been there? I think we all have. I know I’ve uttered those words or accepted the challenge given.

Harry and Llyod headed to Aspen (Dumb and Dumber)

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And sometimes they ended with me doing something dumb.

One time I was challenged to swim out to a no-swim buoy in Lake Michigan. Big mistake.

It was dumb and I almost didn’t make it back to shore.

Then there was the time I turned down an assistant manager position. Only to wind up fired from my job.

When these things were happening, it seemed like I was doing dumb things. Not making wise choices.

The swimming incident most likely wasn’t the wisest choice I could have made. It almost cost me my life.

Leadership is a labor of love. You’re going to pour your all into it. And you may never get the energy you put into it back.

Leadership is hard. Leadership requires much of you.

You’re never going to find a quick fix to make your leadership easier.

Valley Towards Denali

Image by Nic McPhee

Leadership Is Difficult

There’s no way around this. Leadership will be difficult, especially as you start out.

You’ll be called on to provide everything you’ve got. Sometimes this isn’t enough. And you’ll be required to give more.

Your tribe won’t always want to follow. Your vision won’t always lead to sunshine and roses. Your leadership will be questioned.

Leadership is difficult. No question about it.

While there will be difficulty, don’t give up. You’ll regret it when you do. And you’ll be so close…

The movie version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases in theaters today. Are you going to watch it? I’m hoping I’m able to watch the movie soon. It looks amazing.

But did you know before The Hobbit was a movie it was a book?

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote it as the prelude to the enchanting Lord Of The Rings series. The Hobbit tells the story of Bilbo Baggins as he leaves Bag Ends and enters into a world of adventure.

As I was reading his story, I picked up on 7 leadership principles we could all learn from The Hobbit.

  • Sometimes leadership finds us unaware: Bilbo wasn’t ready for an adventure when Gandalf stopped by his house one unassuming morning. But adventure is what Bilbo received. Your entry into leadership can happen like this. Someone sees your potential. He picks you. Before you know it, you’re on a grand adventure of leadership.