The One Thing that Helps You Lead?

July 25, 2012 — 5 Comments

There are probably as many answers to this question as there are people in the world, but for me?  The answer isn’t easy, but it’s simple.  Stephen Covey calls it “Initiative.”  In his book, the seven habits of highly effective people, Stephen throws out an amazing concept that….if you haven’t thought of it before, could change everything for you.  Unlike the animals, human beings are uniquely endowed with a special gift:

Somewhere in the gap between stimulus and response is our ability to choose.

If someone cuts you off in traffic, says something unkind to you, or imposes on any of your freedoms, there’s one thing they can’t take away: Your freedom to choose how you will respond.


So, what about you?  What choices are you faced with today?

Andrew Mason


Andrew is a husband, learner, founder, dubstep aficionado, eater of carnetas burritos, and marathon runner. I love building communities that learn together!
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  • Seth

    It seems so simple to say… so obvious, but how often do we–as a people–take responsibility and initiative to make our world better and lead others towards doing the same. So often, it’s easy to just point to the hundreds or thousands of others who could do something to change that same thing but haven’t rather than stop, be proactive, and make the choice to change how you individually respond to those opportunities. I think often we conceptualize our influence in the world as diffusing to the point of unimportance and invisible the larger the group of people affected by a particular issue we believe there are. However, I would say instead that it magnifies our influence. One can choose to stay complacent and accept “the inevitable” or stand against the tide and make oneself visible. Both embolden others to do likewise; the question is which do you choose to support?

    • Well said man. I really do believe it’s the gift we’ve been given us that sets us apart from the animals. We have that sense of “should” or “shouldn’t.” Conscience, nudging, whatever you call it….Why else would we convince ourselves to do things that are difficult? What the heck would make us want to do something that isn’t easy? 🙂

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