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Inspiration and Perseverance of a Sioux

I asked for power, that I might achieve; I was given weakness that I might learn to obey.
I asked for health, that I might lead a long life; I was given infirmity, that I might appreciate each minute.
I asked Mother Earth for strength, that I might have my way; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need for her.
I asked to live happily, that I might enjoy life; I was given life, that I might live happily.
I received nothing I asked for, yet all my wishes came true.
-Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota Sioux
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Risk versus Gain
“You cannot swim, and expect not to get wet.” 
                                            - Anonymous Wing Chun Sifu
Innovation and great leaps of progress involves an element of risk. The risk may be physical, moral or to one’s credibility.
Innovation is tough because innovation creates and shapes circumstances that other actors must adapt to for survival. New unknowns and untested environments surface which can each have their own causes and effects…requiring further adaptation, innovation and evolution.
Moving into the unknown does not mean being reckless. Judgement, situational awareness, contingency plans and resource considerations should be considered prior to jumping into the abyss. You go with a plan knowing it is not perfect, but something you can use as a form of roadmap.
Regardless of the concerns, leaders cannot lead if they are not up front to shape to lead their constituents to evolve and survive on their own terms. Leaders need to swim.
There’s no escaping…

Taking Action

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. -                                                                                           Marcus Aurelius
To Be, or To Do -                     John Boyd (OODA Loop)     Sources:

Inspiration from the Heart of the Pueblo Indians

Hold on to what is good even it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe even it is a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.
-Pueblo Blessing
This poem is about perseverance.
Our lives are short. While it is up to us to breathe meaning into our lives, it is up to us as leaders to inspire those needing encouragement during times of challenge. Who did you inspire today?