We make choices in our life. From the time we are able to think on our own, we are presented with opportunities to assess, analyze, problem solve, and implement a decision.
While young, our decisions to crawl from side of the room to another might seem slight, but at the time, it was a major choice. In high school, choosing how hard to study, or which group of friends to congregate with predicted our paths of success.
As we grew older and wiser, our problems to solve become more meaningful not only to ourselves, but to others around us who had grown to depend on us for the decision making process in their own life.
This integration of decisions with others, and the remarkable impact it has on their lives carries great responsibilities. We find ourselves in a position to change lives, and therefore change the world. Those around us who are affected by our instilling good decisions upon them will make life altering choices in education, social connections, career directions, political leanings, marriage partnerships, families, health, and lifelong personal welfare.
The impact we have on others through our leading both intentionally and subconsciously is a choice we make. It is the road we have chosen to take. As implied by Robert Frost in an excerpt from his famous poem The Road Not Taken, many times the tougher road, the less popular road, can make all the difference.
“Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Many times the road less traveled, is not taken because it is fraught with risk, danger, great difficulty, or even failure. This idea of leading others is not intended for the faint of heart. This intentional choice of the road of Leading others is reserved for those high achievers, who have a selfless, trusting passion for making a lifelong positive impact on others.
This is what makes successful Leaders Rare.
So, I ask you, what road have you chosen to take?
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