Don’t ever give this up. Your Humble Will. It’s your commitment to persevere.
Business models will change and do change. Systems change, marketplaces change, technology changes.
But your Humble Will to persevere cannot. Your organization relies on it; your team must know it. And you must found this commitment to persevere deeply within your soul and daily execution.
Please note I add “humble will.” It’s a listening commitment, a listening perseverance. You can’t just bulldoze ahead….. You have to be in touch with your marketplace, sector, clients, board, partners, team in order to know the best way to go, each moment, each day. And that takes humble listening.
Don’t ever give up your Humble Will to persevere.
I love how Howard Zinn focuses on maintaining the human spirit. Throughout his life dedication to combatting injustice, striving to help those marginalized, and being involved in a brutal World War, Howard held his views of hope.
“…I intend to be the voice of reasonable optimism, to figure out a passage through this tough time. To have hope, one does not need certainty, only possibility.”
Let’s keep our minds open to the great possibilities which abound before us. There is always a way, a pathway, a new opportunity, a new possibility. A New Hope!
Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, author and activist. He was a pilot in WWII, an experience which shaped his outspoken opposition of war. He was a professor of political science for many years at Boston University. He is best known for his book, A People’s History of the United States, presenting history from the point of the view of the marginalized.
“You have to make things happen. There are bumps in the road: my agent, my weight, an industry looking for cool girls more than a commercial look. These are hurdles, and you have to find your way. You have to find out: How do I fit in here?”
— Heidi Klum, quoted in Elle Magazine
Heidi Klum, born in 1973 in Germany, is a supermodel, actress, businesswoman, and television producer. She produces and hosts the award-winning reality television show Project Runway and has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire. She became widely known after appearing as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Heidi is mother to four children, ranging from ages 2-8.
“Everything you need is already inside. Just do it.” – Bill Bowerman
I love Bill Bowerman’s quote, as he speaks to the potential and belief in each one of us… We should always strive to be our best and to believe in ourselves, even if we don’t always achieve our immediate goal. The importance is in the process and our motives.
We should treat ourselves and others with the utmost care, meaning, “we believe!” The alternative is costly to our health, to what we can achieve, and to what the world will miss…
What I love is that Bill Bowerman translated this belief across many areas — personal values, sports training and business. Believing isn’t relegated to any sector!
Bill Bowerman was a track and field coach for the University of Oregon. In his 24 year career he trained 31 Olympic athletes, twelve American record holders, 51 All-Americans and 24 NCAA champions. One year he won 4 NCAA titles. In 1964 he became the co-founder of Nike. He and his wife Barbara were married for more than 60 years.
“Life can only be understood looking backward. It must be lived forward.”
― Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay
Let go of the past. It was there to serve you, to instruct you… so you can be the best person you can be!
So live that person, forward.
For all the leaders out there, here is something we need to defend our hearts and minds from. It’s that simple word, “can’t.”
Edgar Guest’s poem “Can’t” is quite vigorous, but I think it is good to remind us how diligent we must be in defending our thought against any such suggestion. Please put up a strong defense; our minds and hearts are so precious… you are precious.
When you feel approached by any sense of unaccomplishment, the “I-am-not-doing-enoughs,” feelings of inadequacy, remember that “Whatever the goal you are seeking, keep trying, and answer this demon by saying: “I can.”
Remember, dear reader, any suggestion of lack “bows to courage and patience and skill.”
Pursue on. You can do whatever you need to do today, step by step.
“Can’t” – a poem by Edgar Guest
Can’t is the worst word that’s written or spoken;
Doing more harm here than slander and lies;
On it is many a strong spirit broken,
And with it many a good purpose dies.
It springs from the lips of the thoughtless each morning
And robs us of courage we need through the day:
It rings in our ears like a timely-sent warning
And laughs when we falter and fall by the way.
Can’t is the father of feeble endeavor,
The parent of terror and half-hearted work;
It weakens the efforts of artisans clever,
And makes of the toiler an indolent shirk.
It poisons the soul of the man with a vision,
It stifles in infancy many a plan;
It greets honest toiling with open derision
And mocks at the hopes and the dreams of a man.
Can’t is a word none should speak without blushing;
To utter it should be a symbol of shame;
Ambition and courage it daily is crushing;
It blights a man’s purpose and shortens his aim.
Despise it with all of your hatred of error;
Refuse it the lodgment it seeks in your brain;
Arm against it as a creature of terror,
And all that you dream of you some day shall gain.
Can’t is the word that is foe to ambition,
An enemy ambushed to shatter your will;
Its prey is forever the man with a mission
And bows but to courage and patience and skill.
Hate it, with hatred that’s deep and undying,
For once it is welcomed ’twill break any man;
Whatever the goal you are seeking, keep trying
And answer this demon by saying: “I can.”
Edgar “Eddie” Guest, also known as “People’s Poet”, was an England-born American poet whose career began in 1989. He came to the United States with his family when he was ten, and was naturalized shortly thereafter. Since his first published work in the Detroit Free Press, his over 11,000 poems were published in 300 or so newspapers as well as more than 20 books. From 1931 to 1942, he also served as a broadcaster for a weekly program on NBC radio, which in 1951 became a television series on NBC TV called “A Guest In Your Home”.
Because of his popularity in first half of 20th century, Guest was rewarded Poet Laureate of Michigan, the only poet in the history with this title in Michigan. This award, originally appointed by government or conferring institution, rewards poets who are often expected to write poems for special events and occasions. As a famed poet, he is constantly referenced to in popular culture, including being depicted in a badge worn by characters in the book “The Grim Grotto,” part of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and being mentioned in the novel “I am Legend.”
Nearly 80 years ago in the battle of Britain, there was a huge aerial strike. It was one of the key differences in winning the war. What was the average age of the fighter pilots? 20 years old.
If these young men could be trained and fight for freedom, you can do what you need to do today!
“A common mistake is for someone to believe that they can love God but at the same time have a grudge resentment for ill will towards some fellow men. They fool themselves, but certainly not God, universal love. How can one love God understandingly if he believes man the evidence of God is unlovable and deserving of resentment?” – Christian Science Sentinel