“Be Yourself. Everyone else is taken.”
A simple phrase, but a valuable lesson nonetheless. Many people mold themselves around their role models, whether it is parents, teachers, coaches, and this can prove to be a valuable asset in the journey to becoming BIG. But rather than trying to imitate, focus on implementing your own brand of BIG leadership. In order words, don’t try to replace yourself with bits and pieces of other people.
You don’t have to look very far into history to see that leaders have come in different shapes and sizes, encompassing radically different ideologies and implementing calculated yet varying strategies. Mahatma Ghandi, known for securing independent for India through a plea for peace rather than a call for arms, is one great example. On the contrary, George Washington led the colonies in a war against the British, accomplishing the same feat as a result.
“Some great leaders gain influence by confident command. Others gain influence by persistent and quiet inspiration.”
Many leaders have come since Washington and Ghandi, and many have even inspired by one or even both, yet the most impactful leaders were able to apply and fuse relevant lessons, not only from others, but from their own values, strengths, virtues, and ideals.
With BIG, our goal is to help guide you along on your journey. But we can’t take the first step for you, that is something you have to do by yourself and for yourself. In our book, Who Are You… When You Are BIG?, we help you identify, develop, and amplify your own brand of leadership! Once you start, you’ll be on your way to becoming BIG, and you’ll be sure to find the right inspiration along the way, both externally and internally.
Make sure to get a free preview of “Who Are You … When You Are BIG” to learn how to channel your inner-leader. Also, we would love to hear about your progress! Please feel free to contact us or leave a comment, we’ll be sure to get back to you.