The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
We are deeply saddened to hear of Maya Angelou’s passing, she was a phenomenal woman and a true American Master.
Image: Producer-Director Karen Thorsen and Producer Williami “Bill” Miles with Dr. Maya Angelou, project scholar-advisor and on-camera “witness” for “James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket. Watch the film here.
To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
The trick is to pick up the spin. Some pitchers vary their delivery slightly, unintentionally signaling a curve. The 5-ounce leather covered baseball is traveling at 90 mph, but with experience, you stay in the batter’s box, confident you can predict the trajectory, and either hit or dodge the pitch.
But no matter how good you think you are – you often fail. Sometimes you swing and miss; sometimes the ball hits you in the head. Either way, it hurts.
Apr 4, 1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39.
“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
“…And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.” (Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968, the day before King was assassinated)
Through the ages, the most successful people have been those who could tap into their deep drive to improve themselves. Learning to perform better day by day and studying those who share that commitment is a special passion for me, and I believe it’s important for any leader.