Recently I flew into Oklahoma City and couldn’t help but notice the awesome statue of Will Rogers sitting up on his horse with lasso in hand. I often see quotes by him and I’m always amazed at his wit and smarts that to this day remain true. He died in 1935 at the young age of 55 in a plane crash in Alaska. The more I read his material the more brilliant I think he is. Here’s a typical Will Rogers quote:
“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.”
Leaders know what they are doing because they are students of the game. They have become information junkies always seeking a better way because they know they never really get it totally figured out.
Leaders love what they do because they are passionate about what they do. It’s important to understand that the love and passion they have for what they do today was not always the case. It is not unusual that what they currently do with such passion was not their first love. Somewhere along the way something or someone helped ignite the love for what they do today.
Leaders believe in what they do because they know what they are doing and they love what they do. They seek to serve those around them through stewardship of their knowledge and passion for those things they believe in. What could be more powerful than sharing knowledge, love and beliefs?
And that ladies and gentlemen is what leading is all about. That’s all I’m gonna say.