I just added “Leadership Tools” to the website and it will include books, favorite quotes, blogs, and stories, to hopefully encourage and motivate you. I also added a vision statement for the website: “The leader of idea-sharing for anyone working with youth.” The vision statement was necessary because as I have had time to reflect on the first few weeks of this website, I want people to know why I am doing this and my purpose. Steve Jobs said, “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”
Earlier this Summer, someone shared on my Facebook feed an awesome clip titled, “Fall Forward”; Denzel Washington was speaking at a commencement ceremony. Usually, someone speaking about failure doesn’t get brought up too often during a commencement speech! Those speeches are usually about success and congratulating graduates on a job well done…well, Denzel made a few great points that really stuck with me. I had to share at our Summer Staff Training! (Feel free to share this video and story with others at a training, meeting, or as a devotion. I can almost guarantee it will move you in some way!)
One of my favorite things he said was, “At some point in your life, you will lose, you will suck at something!” He then shared how he failed and “sucked” at something. I love this message because we are all constantly learning and growing.
Sometimes I have felt that everything should be easy, or that things will always go my way. Sometimes you need persistence: stay in your lane and focus on the things that you can control. Life is a great teacher, and so are people around you, so listen to feedback. Staying humble. Working on your skill can pay off, but it may not be as fast as you want. Patience and practice will help as you hit the mountain top, but also, when you are in the valley.
Check out a clip from the commencement speech below (this is also included in the “Leadership Tools “section on the website)!