In his book, “the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” world renowned author and speaker, “John C. Maxwell tells the story of Anne Schreiber. She was 101 years old when she died. She had worked for the IRS rather unsuccessfully, retiring in 1943 she made only $3,149 a year. Upon her death in 1995, the university of Yeshiva which she had attended as a young woman received, upon her request, the entirety of her estate. 22 million dollars!!
Upon further inspection of her life, it was found that she had never spent money on herself. Any furniture that wore out was never replaced. Every penny saved was saved or invested. Invested in long term stocks that eventually led to a massive estate.
My point in telling you this story is not necessarily to encourage such a conservative lifestyle. It is, however, to encourage you to notice that leadership, such as a slow growth of savings, isn’t an overnight success but a daily effort, that if consistently practiced, accumulates to a massive wealth. As Maxwell further states, ‘leaders are made daily, not in a day’.
Challenge: Write down daily habits which you believe your pedestal leader has or had. Compare your own traits with this list.
With this list be cautious. Remember your leadership idol is human too. They have flaws just like you. When making your list be just as generous or modest with their attributes as your own.