Anyone Can Become a Great Person - You Just Take It One Step at a Time

By: Robert White Wednesday January 15, 2014 comments

“One isn’t born with courage. One develops it by doing small courageous things—in the way that if one sets out to pick up a 100-pound bag of rice, one would be advised to start with a five-pound bag, then 10 pounds, then 20 pounds, and so forth, until one builds up enough muscle to lift the 100-pound bag. It’s the same way with courage. You do small courageous things that require some mental and spiritual exertion.”

-Maya Angelou              

Working with participants in seminars and with executives in my coaching  practice reveals a common pattern: there’s almost always some risk that they are fully aware they need to take and yet they delay doing so.  A challenging communication with a colleague; a confrontation with a vendor; a “hard truth” to a son or daughter  ….. the situations look different and the pattern is the same.

Usually by the time it is shared with me, their excuses for not handling the issue have been well formed and they’ve blown up the risk to a level no sensible person would attempt.

Ms. Angelou’s simple yet profound words offer a way out and through.  What are the “small courageous things” that you need to do now?  Let us know.  Put yourself on the hook by sharing your commitment with all who read this message.

How’s that for a challenge?

extraordinary leadership

Robert White

About the Author: Robert White

Robert White is a Speaker, Author, Leadership Trainer and Executive Mentor who teaches the art and science of mastering executive challenges. He specializes in integrating a heart centered, result-oriented and transformational leadership approach to being effective. His experience includes founding and leading companies doing high-impact experiential learning events with over one million graduates.

Robert’s culture change work has been praised by corporations like JPMorganChase, Progressive Insurance, Duke Energy and The American Cancer Society.

Additionally top business experts and authors Ken Blanchard, Jimmy Calano, Kathy Gardarian, and Robert Wright, plus thousands of training and mentoring clients, have endorsed his professional knowledge and skills.

Robert authored the best-seller “Living an Extraordinary Life” available in English and Mandarin. He is a contributing author to “Being Fuller” a compilation from students of Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller and “One World, One People,” a photo journal of mankind’s journey to oneness.

Today you’ll find him speaking at conferences, hosting masterminds, mentoring today’s emerging business leaders and teaching everything he knows about fostering entrepreneurial success and building an entrepreneurial mindset in established, growth-oriented companies.

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