Hanging in There Long Enough to Win!

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The following is a short book preview with insights into giving up too soon contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.

Monday Morning Motivation: Five Steps to Energize Your Team, Customers and Profits
David Cottrell, New York: HarperCollins Publishers (2009)

“Without a doubt, there are some who give up too soon – just before they turn the corner to success. Yet, successful people keep moving even when they are scared and have made mistakes. The following story illustrates what could happen on the road to success:

A man meets a guru on the road and asks “Which is the way to success?” The bearded sage doesn’t speak, but points to the left. The man thrilled by the prospect of quick and easy success rushes off. Suddenly, there’s a loud splat!

Eventually, the man limps back, tattered and stunned, assuming he took the wrong turn. So he repeats his question to the guru, who again points silently in the same direction. The man obediently walks off, and this time there’s a deafening splaaat!

When the man crawls back, he is bloody, broken, and irate. “I asked you which way to success!” he screams at the guru. “I followed your direction, but all I got was splattered – twice! No more pointing! Talk!

Only then does the guru speak, very quietly:

“Success is that way. Just a little past splat.”

Many of us would be tempted to give up after the first splat! But we must develop the courage and resolve to hang in there, through several rounds of splatting, if necessary! If you persevere and work through the issues, you can and will make a difference (p. 159-160).”

Monday Morning Motivation is available from the OSU Leadership Center.

Learn how the Ohio State University Leadership Center is inspiring others to take a leadership role that empowers the world at the OSU Leadership Center website.

Jim Canterucci

I don't know everything. But I want to. The focus of our firm, Transition Management Advisors, is to develop leadership capabilities to create a championship culture, generate innovation, and successfully lead the resulting changes.

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