On the Value and Joy of Challenge

Mark Twain tells great leaders: “The ability to find solutions to life’s challenges is what makes us grow as a person.” Leaders emerge from and grow from challenges. Greater strength and determination are the natural outcomes of these challenges/trials. Challenges are the great leaders’ proving grounds for moving from who they are to who they want to be, from the ‘as is’ to ‘what can be.’

Challenges are sought after or thrust upon great leaders. A successful response to them is the great leader’s sense of risk-taking, courage to undertake them, a resilience to change, a never give-up, positive attitude. Jerry Buccino beautifully captures this mindset saying: “Leaders open doors when others see brick walls. There is a door in every brick wall. It is only the most determined who will find the door.

May you remember always, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Abraham Lincoln said: “In the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Dare to dream. Take the challenge; find that door. Be more than you ever dreamed you could be… and more… so much more. Life is so very good.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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1 Response to On the Value and Joy of Challenge

  1. Jessica Moran says:

    I loved this post! Life is at its best when it is challenging. Challenges lead to decisions, solutions, and, most importantly, progress. Without challenges, there is no real progress. Real progress requires meaningful and valuable challenges.

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