FAILING into “Servant Leadership Luck”
Because like many of you I’ve failed on more than a few occasions in my life….but I’ve succeeded a lot and not necessarily only financially or career wise but “SERVANTLY WISE”!
Prior to venturing out on my own 8 years ago I spent a lot of time working with non-profit organizations exclusively pro-bono work where I was allowed to utilized my background experiences helping foundations in a variety of business roles. I have to tell you during that time I was probably the most happiest because I remained active, but it was the 1st time in my life where I felt valued and proud. While I would never return the competencies learned in corporate America which quite frankly have been used to help, mentor, and coach others today…..the satisfaction I’ve had and continue to have today helping the less fortunate is tremendously rewarding. Returning back to what I’ve been able to develop in corporate America is the basis for this post, however, it’s also to share why my failures can be “jewels” for others. Admittingly, I was one of those people who based success on the amount of money and positional power one had and honestly while these so-called attributes to success have subsided to an extent with me…..I still remain ridiculously ambitious just in a more humble way. I will never amass millions and that’s just being honest NOT a self fulfilling prophecy, but I will amass millions in “Valued Servant Leadership” that will be priceless and someday sitting on my death bed I can say……”I made a difference”!
Please do not get me wrong anybody reading this post has the opportunity to achieve great things, the question is what are those “things“. I’m also not saying developing wealth or positional stature is wrong on the contrary I think it’s admirable when done honestly with an integrity focused. I do believe however in how the universe works from a “Currency” standpoint, the flow of giving always returns to the beginning point. My experience has been that every time I give my time both intellectually & sweat for some strange reason that giving process returns back to me, I’m also my most happiest when I’ve helped someone else in earnest. Here’s the reality, this epiphany that has come over me wouldn’t have happen had I stayed in an environment where nothing mattered but my job and bank account. Whether unfortunately or fortunately the time away from the “corporate America hustle” has forced me to re-examine “What the heck am I doing here…and what am I supposed to do”?
I’m so serious about this subject that I’ve made my company’s mission to serve those clients who make “Servant Leadership” an integral part of their culture, and I certainly understand that I’m in noway in the position to pick and choose what types of customers I work with I can only note that in order for me to fulfill my objectives in serving…I cannot operate as a light bulb by turning it on and off.
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