Today, I would like to share with you a few words of wisdom concerning leadership as told by Jim Rohn.

Leaders, whether in the family, in business, in government, or in education, must not allow themselves to mistake intentions for accomplishments.

Good advice.  People receive accomplishments all the time in all forms of life.  Some of them are deserved and some of them, let’s face it aren’t.  What is most important behind it all is the intentions that are behind it.  If someone’s intentions are noble, then I think the accomplishments they receive are well deserved.  If their intentions are to tear down or evil in nature, I think we must be very careful in rewarding these types of individuals.

Managers help people to see themselves as they are.  Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.

I think this is a very important distinction to note between managers and leaders.  Who would you rather be led by?  No question from me.  I want to be led by someone who is going to make me better.

We must learn to help those who deserve it, not just those who need it.  Life responds to deserve not need.

I do not totally agree with this.  I understand what he is trying to say.  When we help people, we want to know that we are doing some good.  When we help people who want to help themselves and actually do something with what we are teaching them, it greatly increases our chances of having an impact on their lives. 

On the other hand, I can think of many times when I didn’t deserve to have help from people and they helped me anyway.  To be honest, it made all the difference in the world in my life.  I don’t really think it is our place to judge who deserves our help our not.  I think we should try to help everyone we can and let God decide how much our help is going to affect them.

My mentor said, “Let’s go do it,” not “You go do it.”  How powerful when someone says, “Let’s”!

People follow what people do, not what people say.  If a leader is not willing to do what they say should be done, they are not going to get a very loyal following.  Actions speak much louder than words.  Doing something together with your team will guarantee results.

Leaders must understand that some people will inevitably sell out to the evil side.  Don’t waste your time wondering why; spend your time discovering who.

Not everyone is going to be sold out all the time, no matter what you do.  All you can do is be the best leader you can possibly be and not get too caught up in the rest.

We could all use a little coaching.  When you’re playing the game, it’s hard to think of everything.

Everyone makes mistakes.  Everyone has room to learn something new everyday.  Just because you are the boss, it does not mean that you can’t learn something new.  We all have to be open to coaching.  No matter how much we know about something, there is always someone who knows more.  The secret is to learn from those who know more than you do.  Remember to be coachable. 

A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.

As a leader you should always start with where people are before you try to take them to where you want them to go.

We all start at different points.  We all have different levels of mastery when it comes to different areas.  The key is to start where we start and make progress to improve ourselves each and every day.  If we can make small improvements each day, a lot of progress will be made over time.

Adapted from “Vitamins For the Mind” by Jim Rohn.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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