Sunday, July 19, 2009

You're way too old to believe in Santa Claus

I know, you're a risk taker. You're up for change. It's just that you want to take only the right risks. You're looking for an opportunity that is big, fast, very profitable and not too risky.

Well I'm looking for a supermodel-beautiful woman with Aristotle's mind, Bobby Flay's cooking ability, Edith Piaf's voice, who is wealthy, available and who would not be nauseated by me.

Now how about we both grow up.

It's not called risk if it looks great to you. I'm not saying you should just roll the dice or implement any damn idea that comes your way.

But stop thinking that you're going to be able to take risk and be a leader and still be comfortable. What makes most people comfortable is what they already know or have. If you want to lead, you've got to be willing to live with discomfort. And if it feels comfortable to you, it's because it isn't new or risky.

BTW, if you read carefully, you will notice that I have conflated risk-taking and leadership. Correct. I believe that leadership must always occur in situations of risk. People do not need leaders to lead them to where they have already been. They need leaders to take them where they have not yet been. Where they do not know how to go. To places they cannot even imagine. All of those are risky. If you will lead, you must risk and make yourself uncomfortable. All while comforting your followers so they don't freak out. Yeah, that's hard. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

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