What is leadership?
What are the characteristics of a great leader? Does occupying a position of authority automatically make someone a leader, or is leadership something entirely different.
I just started reading a book written by Jefferey A. Krames – Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis and this got me thinking more about what it means to be an effective leader. For most adults, chances are you will be leading at least one other person at one point or the other. It could be as a parent in a family, at work, at school e.t.c.
What’s your aim in life
Over the past year and a bit, I have lost people and heard news in my close circles about the passing of young people in their 20’s and 30’s. Some unexpected, and some after a drawn-out illness.
These deaths have got me thinking a lot more about life and what it means.
One of the questions I have had to ask myself and truthfully answer is, What exactly is my aim in life? Do I know what I want out of my life? What do I need to do, be or have that would make me smile at the end when I look back on my life.
Would I be filled with regrets and woulda, coulda, shoulda? Or will I look back and be joyful for a life well spent.
STOP WAITING FOR LIFE TO START
What exactly is stopping you from living life fully?
What are you waiting for? Friday? Summer? Marriage? Children? Grown-up children? Fame? Money? More time? More resources? To be older? Retirement?
Whatever it is, don’t spend your life waiting for life to start, because it already started the moment you were born. That’s right! Life does not start on Friday, in summer, when you get married, when you have children or when you retire. You miss out on your life every moment you spend waiting for it to begin.
We all have a limited number of years to live. Tomorrow is not promised, and this moment is all we have. Think about it, for each second you live, for each moment, each hour, each day, you are closer to your date of death than you were the day before. Think about that for a second, let it sink in. Scary? Maybe, but it shouldn’t be.
– Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
This quote is from the famous book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It tells you why it is so important to follow your dreams and listen to your heart, just like the shepherd Santiago, the protagonist of Coelho’s book. Trust your instincts always, and never do anything that your heart or souls deem inappropriate. Follow your dreams, and the pathways of life will open before you.
Who is Paulo Coelho?
Coelho is easily one of the most famous authors in the world and a huge celebrity in his own right. He has sold more than 100 million books, which have been translated into many languages. He holds a record for the most sales by a translated book – the English version of the “The Alchemist”.
Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.
– Chris Bradford, The Way of the Sword
This is one of the best quotes from Chris Bradford’s book, The Way of the Sword, from The Young Samurai series. Chris is an avid martial artist and his books reflect his love for martial arts and for Japan.
The Young Samurai series follows the adventures of Jack Fletcher, a young orphan, who is stranded in Japan and targeted by the dangerous enemies who killed his parents.