The bottom line was not that his belief was completely incorrect; the point I’m trying to make is that without taking risk and without confident belief in your actions, we fail to grow and without growth, our human nature is to stagnate.
We need leaders with vision who look fearlessly into the future and command our attention. The bigger the vision the greater the attention the person commands. It aalso goes without saying the larger the stage the larger the audience, so goes the risk versus the reward. Not every leader achieves his intended goal, such as Columbus, and not every leader will lead people in the right moral direction, such as Hitler, but that doesn’t mean that we should not gravitate to follow a leader, it only means that we need to wisely agree that his intent is a belief we share.
President Obama won the 2008 election and became our leader on the premise that he would bring about change and fix the issues that were affecting the country. The optimism that people felt upon his inauguration has worn thin, the issues have grown deeper and his leadership now appears in jeopardy. As the country and world waits for a new signal of optimism to capture our attention, we have to consider our own role in this continuing drama of life.
Are we leaders in our small circle? Do we encourage optimism and risk or are we more apt to let others lead and then point the finger of blame when the goal is not reached?
We all long for better days but we must remember each of us plays an important role in our families, local communities and even on larger stages. Leaders with vision and confidence don’t just happen. They are nurtured from small opportunities that begin at a young age and continue to grow in an environment that encourages and supports reaching new goals and taking risks.