Wednesday, December 11, 2013

For Real Men Only

For Real Men Only

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success. Ernest Shackleton.”

Imagine you reading this ad today. Would you immediately sign up for it? Yet many did in 1900 when the ad appeared in a London newspaper, and the ad was placed by Ernest Shackleton for his journey to the South Pole.

1.      Be aware you’re your blind spots. Do you know what you don’t know? Is what you know true?

2.      Wisdom is skill in living. Where does your wisdom come from? What are you willing to do to get it?

3.      Make absolute integrity the compass that guides all that you do. Is your compass working properly?

4.      Winners execute winning plays and losers make excuses. Why not turn excuses into reason for taking action?

5.      Good listening is an act of the will and an exercise of the intellect. What is your intent when listening?

6.      The young today do not have the respect for elders and know so little between right and wrong. Who raised them? Where is Shackleton when we need him?

7.      Successful leadership is all about vision, courage, perseverance, responsibility, relationships, trust, honor, and character. Are you being held hostage by your lack of leadership?

Our rewards in life are directly proportional to the risks we are willing to take. Would you be a Shackleton follower? 

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

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