Phillips Brooks, an educator and spiritual leader, advised us to push ourselves into the unknown for a special reason: To become spiritual.
Well, you might ask, “Why is being spiritual so important? I simply want to create a great company, write a book, or scale Mount Kilimanjaro.”
The qualities it takes to do any of the above, and anything miraculous, cannot be seen. They are:
Perseverance: Don’t ever think of giving up…
Thoughtfulness: Care in building a team…
Inspirational: Being able to paint your vision in a way that excites others and compels them to take action…
You must have these qualities to build successful relationships and enduring companies. Yet all of these are qualities which are not required in school, home or job. And yet they are the invisible glue which will allow you “…to undertake something so great you cannot accomplish it unaided.”
They are not material or physical. They are spiritual.
“We never become truly spiritual by sitting and wishing to become so. You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided.” – Phillips Brooks
Phillips Brooks was an American clergyman in the Episcopal church during the 19th century. He published several books of lectures and sermons, as well as authoring the popular Christmas carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” He was highly regarded as a preacher and a patriot.