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Have you heard the phrase, “failure is not an option?” If you have, you have heard one of the biggest lies of all time. “Failure is always an option”, or so proclaims Adam Savage from Myth Busters. I think he is on to something, but I would take it a step further: not only is failure always an option, it is the most readily available option. More than that, failure is a choice—an easy and comfortable choice.

Thomas Edison had two profound things to say about failure that is helpful in illustrating the point.

The thought that not achieving something is failure is wrong.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ― Thomas Edison

I was working with my mind numb to the world, hating a process that I normally love. Have you been there? My shoulders were slumped and I was moving like a slug. I was in such a bad mood that the day was moving so slow and an hour felt like a whole day. It was an infectious attitude and my crew members knew to look out. What was wrong?

Don't hate your responsibility!

What changes when we go from loving our job, kids, spouse etc., to hating the responsibility?

I believe it is simple. It all comes down to one thing. What are we thinking about? Next time your attitude gets bad and your effort goes in the toilet, think about what you are thinking about. How are you viewing your current task?

The attitude we need to have is that of I get to do ____. However, what we often think is I have to do ____.

When I first moved into a leadership role my passions overpowered my leadership abilities. I was naive about what it required to be an effective leader. However, through my personal growth and hands on experience I quickly learned what it would take for me, a young leader, to be successful in my role.

Knowing and adapting some irrefutable leadership principles into your life will position you toward being a successful leader. I would like to share with you 5 keys that will help you be a successful leader.

5 Keys To Leadership

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1. Self-leadership- To be successful and effective in a leadership role requires being able to lead yourself successfully. Chinese philosopher Kao Tzu said, “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” Start by learning about your unique self, your personality, strengths, and emotional tendencies. After you know yourself begin to manage your actions and attitude. This will show people you are worth following.

How To Lead Worldwide

February 26, 2014 — 11 Comments

That day was a special day, I was sixteen years old and getting my very first pager (yes, you read that right). I had saved up for a month, which was a miracle back then and ready to enter the “digital age.”

Are you ready to take the world by storm?

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Driving home with my new pager on my hip was exciting, people now had the ability to reach me anywhere. It didn’t take long for the excitement to wear off though because shortly after I got that pager, cell phones started to become popular.

Great, now I had to save for a cell phone! Once I got that cell phone, newer and better cell phones were released. You know how it goes with technology, something newer and better is released just as you get the older version.

Leaders Are Called To Thrive

February 24, 2014 — 20 Comments

Thrive (verb) – grow vigorously; make steady progress.

A few years back, I found myself stuck in a rut. It wasn’t that I was living destructively, nor was I unhappy. But I was just drifting.

And the thing about drifting is we don’t just sit there, we go backward not forward.

Leaders are meant to thrive

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When you shut off the engine of a boat in the middle of a lake, the boat drifts – and it usually drifts away from your destination.

If we desire to lead effectively, then we need to be intentional about thriving.

Now thriving does not mean perfection; rather it involves movement and steady progress.

So what are some steps we can take to thrive:

1. Be a reader.

You’ve heard it said: if you’re not reading, you aren’t leading.