As a small business owner and manager, I am faced with daily challenges that test my mettle, patience and resolve. Not a day goes by where I am free of the necessity of making decisions that affect the lives of my employees, friends and clients. Strangely, though, it is an unceasing responsibility which I am grateful to discharge.
Every morning refocus my resolve to, as Hamilton put so succinctly, “make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.” No matter how well my team and I plan, prepare and work seamlessly together, we realize that there will always be unforeseen difficulties. Rather than complain, we work together to overcome, together.
He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. ~ Henry David Thoreau
I recognize everyone in my organization as either a potential or proven leader. Leadership roles are shaped and eventually defined by the actions of each one, particularly in times of obscurity or when covering uncharted territory. I’ve noted that the most successful of my team as well as of our diverse group of clients share an uncommon ability: they are unafraid to “exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.”
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. ~ Edward Gibbon
Anyone who takes the approach I am describing will find that the winds and the waves provide nothing more than a greater abundance of energy with which to work in the accomplishment of his aims. Adversity will no doubt rear its ugly head, but wise and brave is he who keeps his head to the wind, facing the waves, searching both trough and crest for opportunity.
The choice is yours!