Standing on Your Mountain

In her recent visit to Seton Hall University to speak at the University’s Executive Suite Lecture Series, Liz Claman, anchor of the Fox Business Network show Countdown to the Closing Bell, began her talk saying: “Success is standing on a mountain of failures.” Her talk was captivating and inspiring as she shared the story of her life’s journey, one of an unrelenting ceaselessness… to grow, contribute and live her life’s purpose doing something she loves. Claman’s words beautifully capture the passion and excitement of her message.

“Be the one who believes nothing can ever stop you. Will things to happen.”
“You need to be a participant in your own rescue.”
“Make mistakes where nobody can see.”
“Are you in a rut or a groove? Sometimes it’s difficult to know the difference.”
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of fight in the dog.”
“Remain dissatisfied with the status quo.”
“It’s the family, not the leader.”

Claman’s message speaks of the resilience, flexibility and unrelenting determination needed to succeed. At one point in her journey, she was faced with a challenge: “I am the fastest runner, but I am not allowed to win.” That didn’t stop her. Nothing stops great leaders in their pursuit. They know their gifts and potential; they are ceaseless in their pursuit.

Nelson Mandela said: “It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.” May Henry David Thoreau’s gentle counsel be a joyful reminder of your magnificent search: What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals” – the joy of becoming more than you ever dreamed you could be… and more… so much more. Build your mountain to the heavens – push beyond what you know, escape the limits of what you believe, dare and risk. Never, ever let anyone ever think about or say to you, “You are not allowed to win.” It is your mountain.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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One Response to Standing on Your Mountain

  1. Jack Beach says:

    “Are you in a rut or a groove?” This perhaps is key question leaders must answer when all is going well. It is also probably the most difficult question to answer since all that is in us wants to see the groove and not the rut. But ruts and grooves can be very different. Ruts are smooth and allow us to speed comfortably across the plains. Grooves can be jolting at times but progressively move us over the bumps and rough patches we encounter as we unremittingly ascend the mountains. So, we need to determine if the path we are on is taking us straight forward or up. If we are not better today than we were yesterday, we are probably in a rut.

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