Three Minute Leadership: Bouncing Back

In his book, Managing People Is Like Herding Cats, Warren Bennis, pioneer in the field of leadership studies, writes about ‘bouncing back,’ a capability that allows people to rebound and achieve their goals. He writes: “Ernest Heminway said that the world breaks all of us, and we grow stronger in broken places.” Highly effective people grow from experiences because of a mindset that says that they never fail, that they have an unconquerable will that will drive them to success.
Bennis tells us of what he calls the Wallenda Factor, named after the great aerialist. He writes:

“Shortly after the great aerialist Karl Wallenda ffell ot his death in 1978 while doing his most dangerous walk, his wife, also an aerialist, said, ‘All Karl thought about for months before was falling. It was the firt time he’d ever thought about that, and it seemed to me that he put all his energies into not failling rather than walking the tightrope.’ If we think more about failing at what we’re doing than about doing it, we will not succeed.”

Think success! Think “Failure is not an option.” Choose to see the world through eyes that speak to the possibilities of those goals we want to accomplish. Remember the words of Winston Churchill: “Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.” May your week and life be filled with high bounces that allow you to rise above the heads of others to see what others have yet to see.
Have a beautiful day and an incredible week!!!

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