The light at the end of the tunnel is rarely an oncoming train

31 07 2014

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.”  ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

What words do you want on your “leadership tombstone”?  “Had the world given to him/her, and they wasted it with a mediocre career never taking chances” or “Scrapped and fought and overcame challenges to become a leader of men and women”?  There’s a continuum of other options, but you get my point.  If everything in your career is handed to you, you never risk making a wrong choice, and never have to struggle with difficult decisions, not only is that INCREDIBLY BORING, but it’s unfulfilling as heck. 

Take the time to look back at the challenges you’ve overcome as a leader, and appreciate how cool it was when you succeeded.  See your failures as lessons learned.  Be sure to let those who may be in a bad place now know that they may be in the middle of a place that will make a great leadership success story down the road.  When things seem darkest, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and it is only rarely the headlight of an oncoming train.  🙂

Speaking of beautiful…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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