In episode eight of eleven in this mini-series discussing the top 11 traits of amazing, influential leaders, today we are talking about the fact that the best leaders own their path.
Have you ever been around someone who said things like, “The world is against me?” Or, “I’m just not going to try, nothing I do ever works so I’m just going to let things happen as they may.”
If you have heard it, wasn’t from the leader you admire most, I can assure you. Now, I’m not talking about someone saying that God is in charge, no that’s not the debate here. What I’m talking about is the fact that there are really two types of people in this world. The first type is passive, a glass-half-empty if you will. They see the world as a place where they can’t influence anything, they can’t make anything happen, and that they are at the mercy of life.
The other type of person knows that they can influence their own pathway. They realize that they are in control and they are in control because they have the ability to influence what happens in their lives. They are owners. They are decision-makers. They don’t take defeat lying down. They acknowledge that life is hard and that there was never a promise that it would be easy. (If you want to learn more about this idea, read The Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck.) Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, that life is hard and that business is hard, they own it. They realize that yes, life is hard, but then they move past it and own their own path.
You are in control of your life. What happens to you is up to you. The best leaders know that. How are you owning your own path?