Leaders vs. Losers

No one enjoys failure, but everyone will experience it. One truth of life is that we will all experience failure, hardship or defeat at some time in our lives.

There are only two ways we lose.

Either You Were Beat or You Let Them Win

A true leader knows this. You should not suffer over this truth or be troubled by it. Accept it and keep moving forward.

Feel good when you’ve prepared yourself (and you are the only one that really knows) and know that you have prepared yourself to perform at your own particular level of competency. It may be that the other fella’s particular level of competency is just better than yours, and there is nothing to be ashamed about in that. But there is something to be ashamed about when you know you did not prepare yourself properly when you had the opportunity” – Coach John Wooden

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Leadership Is Not A Rank


People aren’t going to follow you because you order them to. They’re not going to seek out a new path because you tell them that they must. Real change happens when someone who cares steps up and takes what feels like a risk. People follow because they want to, not because you order them to.” – Seth Godin, Linchpin

Not long ago I was giving a leadership lecture in a class of twenty firefighters and I asked, “Who in here is a leader?”

None of the firefighters raised their hand. One person did however, the instructor. I could already see where this was going…

I addressed him and followed up with, “When did you become a leader?”

He answered proudly, “In 2004, when I was first promoted”.

“So you first became a leader when you were promoted?” I questioned.

He responded, “That’s correct”.

I told him he was wrong. He looked at me stunned, a little confused, and slightly offended. “I’m willing to bet that you were a leader even before you were promoted. At a minimum, someone believed there was leadership potential in you, which led to you being promoted. Would you agree?”

There was a sudden realization about him, and he confirmed and accepted what I had suspected. That realization soon spread across the room to the firefighters as well. Continue reading “Leadership Is Not A Rank”