The story goes,that a certain young man left home from the central states, selling all the belonged to him in order to seek gold during the Gold Rush of 1849. Upon his arrival he was full of hopes. He had made all the necessary efforts and preparations to become a rich man. He sifted through countless piles of rocks and sand. After a few days of no success, he angrily yelled at the old prospector across the river, who’s belt was weighed down with a bag of gold, “There’s no gold here! I’ve wasted my time, and now I have nothing.”
The prospector calmly walked across the river and over to the young man and opened his pouch of gold, to reveal thousands and thousands of gold flecks. Almost appearing to be gold dust. He calmly told the young man, “The accumulation of thousands of small flecks of gold has brought me great wealth.”
The young man was stunned. Inspired by the old prospector examples he spent the following years accumulating his own wealth, one fleck at a time.
Hopefully you have taken each of the last three challenges to heart and mind. Hopefully you have found that leader you wish to be, Hopefully you’ve made that list.
However, for the cumulative challenge, this week I’d like you to review that list, and make the profile of a leader you want to become. Underline where you want to start, and if you feel comfortable, send me an email telling me where that starting point is.
I don’t want this list to be vague. Specificity is better than longevity in this list. Make it so specific that in a week, month or year, there will be no question as to the who and what you want to become. Underline the attribute, skill or ability you want to start with and let me know. Although I love leadership, I’m not very much of a leader if I don’t know where each of you are with this. Please email or call. These challenges aren’t for my benefit, they’re for yours. Nothing is too simple or complex. However I would encourage simplicity. Your goal can be as simple as, “Taking five minutes a day to listen to my co-worker”. Remember the pillars of leadership are built by the small and simple acts. What you’re working on is no doubt similar to what others are considering. The only uselss email or goal is the one you don’t send or write down. Good luck and have fun with this. You’re creating the profile of the leader you want to be and the legacy you want to leave.