Thursday, 23 February 2012
Leadership and Persistence

Roger Babson said “It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.”  This quote reminds me of a talk I once heard from someone who was sharing some wisdom from The East.  She was talking about the fact that no matter how well or how badly things are going, “this too shall pass.”  If we are bemoaning the fact that something is going badly, eventually it will turn around and get better.  We may have to reach rock bottom to begin the upward trend, but it will happen.  Likewise, when things are going great and it seems that we will be on top indefinitely, we need to remember that things can change quickly.  Leaders have to be vigilant to situations that can change quickly for better or worse.  Thus it is dangerous for leaders to become too despondent when things are going badly, or to become complacent when things are going well.  “This too will pass” is true, but leaders must do what they can to influence their results.  As an old Greek saying goes, “trust in God, but row away from the rocks.”

Posted on 02/23/2012 9:47 AM by Mary Fink
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