Paying attention to others requires us to be brave, because we can notice things they can’t. And they can notice things about us we can’t. We have to decide how brave we should be in our observation of their blind spots. To them, our sharing may seem ridiculous and hypocritical. And they must be cautious of the same.
Boomers, our leadership journey – whether as a parent, volunteer, or corporate professional – rises and falls on our ability to press on in spite of what others may think. Much of what we need to do, others simply won’t understand. Why would we let that ignorance stifle our life?
Choose to be bold. Are you brave enough to dream impossible dreams? Long ago, I dreamt incredible childhood dreams. Three years ago, after a lifetime of excuses, I quit dreaming and start doing, founded an LLC, became a writer, and represented the USA in the Senior Olympics. How important is bravery in getting started? Crucial.
To those Baby Boomers who are brave enough to believe in the power of their dreams comes a crossroads, an intersection in life, between fear and bravery. We get to choose between moving forward with courage (finally), or stepping aside (yet again) for those who are answering their call.
Five miles from the nearest paved road, we set out in the pitch dark…
If you just came from jeff noel.org, you saw the insight on suffering. Saturday night, we were scared. On a weekend Cub Scout camping trip, we went for an hour hike, in the (4,700-acre Forever) Florida wilderness.
Thirty minutes out. Thirty minutes back. In the pitch dark. No flash lights. No moon. Just dark.
Bravery isn’t absence of fear, nor the mastery (as some suggest) of fear. Bravery is the habit of confronting your fears – the essence of a great leader, anywhere.