On the Joy of Challenges

In their book, The Truth about Leadership, James M. Kouzes, and Barry Z. Posner write, “Challenges cause you to come face-to-face with yourself. They are rather harsh ways of reminding you of what’s important, what you value, and where you want to go.” Great leaders turn them into “tests of strength and determination.”

Supporting this, they cite the powerful words of Randy Pausch who speaks of “brick walls” in his famous Last Lecture, “The brick walls are there for a reason. They’re not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” They are doors to new futures.

Undertaking challenge takes resilience. There will be obstacles you face in creating change and unseen bumps on the road to resolution and implementation. Commitment, ownership, passion, and perseverance are key leadership elements of your highly successful journey.

Challenges are opportunities to discover new gifts within yourself, to grow, and more fully embrace the joy and beauty of your life’s purpose and meaning. Welcome your challenges as doors to be opened as reminders to you “… of what’s important, what you value, and where you want to go.” Your best is yet to come.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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2 Responses to On the Joy of Challenges

  1. Richard Hoffman` says:

    Very good point on leadership that can be used in all walks of life pertaining to challenges. Very strong points to think about.

  2. Thank you for this affirmation, Mike.
    These are my true sentiments and I appreciate your words of wisdom.

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