A Chance to Show How Badly We Want Something

In his book, The Last LectureRandy Pausch, spoke about the power of passion, focus and perseverance say: “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” Great leaders are the great men and women who, when faced with a challenge, look at the wall and say to themselves: “I’ll go around it, under it, over it or through it. That wall won’t stop me.” They are passionately committed to their purpose.  In their mind and heart they have seen the other side of the wall, and they are relentless in their pursuit to achieve it.

Aldous Huxley, English writer and philosopher, wrote: “There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” Henry Ford, American industrialist, wrote: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” How great leaders perceive the world creates the mindset with which they will address a challenge.  This mindset is captured in Joseph Campbell’s words: “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” Let your passion for life and what you do be the role model for others in teaching them that their brick walls cannot stop them if they, too, follow their bliss.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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1 Response to A Chance to Show How Badly We Want Something

  1. Jack Beach says:

    Thanks Mike. When possible, leaders enable performance and growth by removing obstacles; they get hurdles out of the way so people’s efforts to achieve are not frustrated. But as you point out, sometimes there are obstacles you just can’t remove. And, when faced with an immovable hurdle, you have two choices. You can give up and whine about the unfairness of it all or you can decide you just have to jump higher. Leaders inspire people to jump higher.

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