Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Press on" Calvin Coolidge

Anybody recognize the city?  Hint below.

As leaders, we have a revised, higher, enlarged or magnified set of standards.  Putting ourselves in leadership positions pulls us from other subservient postures.  We truly are called to be above things, act differently, even if is initially an act and portray behavior fitting the position.  Sometimes, this may take adjustments and a shift in perspective.  That shift re-focuses on:

Realizing relationships come before rules.  Bringing our wards alongside, letting them mature to their potential and reach their goals is a mark of leadership.  People come before programs, every time!  Is our organization established to serve people or things?

Truth and transparency must supersede the agenda, using discretion as the better part of valor.  (Think Valedictorian) Each day, problems and encounters offer opportunities for leadership, teaching and sharing of the vision.  As the leader, we must portray the actions befitting a leader and not a follower. 

Finally, repetition is a key component of goal attainment.  Overnight success takes 5 years, or 10,000 hours, whichever comes first!  Talent is not the determining factor to success.  Hard work overcomes many obstacles.  Just because we miss, fail or get a wrong answer, leaders carry the vision to persist, even when others work to give up and give in!  Remember Calvin Coolidge?
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge
The City above is ____ ? 
Hint:  The bridge there took 4 years to build and 80,000 miles of cable to suspend it.
Was this city built in a day, week or even a year? 
How long do we expect folks to practice before they improve?

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