She turned to me in the car as she dropped me off outside my Vancouver apartment and said words that would change my world.
You’re so good at what you do, but I look at you and say
“I could never do that.”
BOOM! There it was.
I sat back and looked at my friend in shock.
My work had created an impossibility in her world. She could never do something.
If who I am and what I do helps unleash people’s potential, I had failed.
In this case, I had done the exact opposite.
When we are team leaders and hear “I could never lead a team like that”…
When we are artists and hear “I could never come up with that idea”…
When we are in a relationship and hear “I could never have a love like that”…
When we are event planners and hear “I could never run things that smoothly”…
When we are fundraising for a great cause and hear “I could never ask someone for money”…
We have failed.
We want strong teams, brilliant creations, unconditional love, and well-funded causes. If the way we create them leaves people seeing impossibilities, we have halted the further generation of them. We have been stingy with our expertise, knowledge, and leadership. We have forgotten to teach, mentor, and share. Legacies should not stop at the creator. They should live on in the lives and through the actions of everyone around them.
True leaders in this world create possibilities.
They have people saying “Wow! I think I could do something like that too!”
Pick of the Post: Ben Rector – Let the Good Times Roll
(Rocked out to this song on my morning ride today. Twas awesome!)