But then something amazing happened. As I have shared my writings, others took notice, became curious and wanted to know more. That is when I became a leader. I first led myself, following my passions and curiosity and wrote books. That is how I become a thought leader, where others looked to me for ideas, insight and solutions. Then, I became an organizational leader, sought out and given a formal position and authority to share this knowledge and make a difference.
I really did not intend to become a writer or a leader. Instead, my leadership started with my curiosity.
We see this in blogging. The “experts” tell me to limit my blog posts to 250 words. Some push that to 350 or at the most 450. They say that is what most readers want. Maybe that is because most are not curious enough to read this long of a post. But that is my point. As a writer, I am not the “normal” reader – and neither are you. “Normal” people follow and do not lead. Leaders are curious. Followers are not. “Normal” people are at best mediocre team members and not innovative leaders. “Normal” people are not willing to work long enough and hard enough to share their work. That is unfortunate because they convince themselves that writing their book or doing something great is actually “impossible.” And so they stay in “normal”, firmly imprisoned by their current perspective and flawed process of thinking. They think writing is a talent they were never given. It is a gift that someone else has and they do not. They think leadership is a position they hold. They think impossible is a permanent condition.
Are you willing to share what you learn?
Are you determined to do the work?Share this post with your friends. We each have a story to tell – and it needs to be written.