By Renee Bodkin
A young man was chatting with his mentor, James, about his future career options.
“I think that I could be a great leader one day!” the young man proudly announced.
“OK, well I think that I could be an owl one day,” responded James.
James often came up with seemingly absurd statements and they continually frustrated and confused his younger protegé.
“Don’t be ridiculous, I really think that I could be a leader one day, you could never be an owl,” the young man responded.
“If you can think that you can be a leader, why can’t I think that I could be an owl?”
“Because you can’t think your way to being an owl. You either are or you aren’t,” said the young man.
“You’re right and you can’t think your way to being a leader, you just have to be one,” said James with a smile.
The young man thought for a few moments, then asked, “But I’m still young, how can I be a leader?”
“Leaders are leaders, no matter how old they are or what their circumstances are. You can positively influence your peers to make better decisions, find a cause worth bringing attention to or work with others to find innovative solutions to challenging problems. Whatever you do, stop thinking about being a leader and just lead!”
The I’ve met a lot of people who thought they could be leaders, public speakers, writers or business owners but it never seemed to happen.
Because they waited to be chosen.
They waited and waited and waited.
And when nothing happened, they couldn’t understand why.
This is why.
They thought that they could be something, but they never took action towards their goal.
So… if there is something you want to be — then start now. Take the steps towards that goal.