Leaders Are NOT Born, They Are Made

Either take a proactive step to resolve the situation—even if that means being a little bit uncomfortable or confrontational—or stop thinking about it and move on. Everything else is a waste.
— Marcus Aurelius
Photo by  Ian Schneider  on  Unsplash

Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

You don't have enough time to be unhappy and mediocre. Your leadership was needed yesterday. Sitting in a job you hate because you get sweet benefits and perks will never equate to happiness. Day-in and day-out, those perks that string you along become the rock around your ankles. You fall dependent to the luxuries they provide. Your dreams fall to the rearview mirror, while task after task piles on. Each more painful than the last.

Where does it end? When you decide it does. A couple more years, If I make 80 grand I'm set, I'm sure it will get better, It has to change. Any of those sound familiar? You're not alone. You have every right to feel defeated. The deck is stacked. Unless work feels meaningful, even riding your one-of-a-kind Unicorn named Terry will be a chore.

You are a leader. You wouldn't be reading this if you weren't. Being a leader requires ownership over our thoughts. Asking questions to develop a mindset of exploring who you are and why you act the way you do. Work towards this as a daily practice. Leadership takes on a role outside of who you'd like to be, instead, centering on who you are and why you do what you do. Leaders are not born, they are made.

Why is the change you seek to make so important to you? What values challenge the decisions you make? These questions give you the opportunity to lead, regardless of circumstance. The understanding of our own thoughts empowers us. While using empathy to appreciate and understand the choices of others. This thinking makes you a rare commodity in today's workforce. Or as a force to reckon with as you innovate in any industry. Your life is anything but mediocre when you choose to work towards an idea bigger than yourself. Ideas spread like wildfire when the right intentions are present.

What's your idea? Who are you going to share it with? What's the first step to start?

Starting is not reading one more article, listening to one last podcast or thinking about it just a little bit more. Starting is doing. Not tomorrow. Today. Right now.