I am inspired by the words of American novelist, John Irving, who said of his writing … “More than half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my life as a writer is rewriting. I wouldn’t say I have a talent that’s special. It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina.”
Often people ask me how and why I write this blog. For those of you who read it, you know by now it is not because of some special talent that I have. I guess it is a stamina thing with me too. That, and a genuine desire to keep growing as a leader and sharing what I learn.
Most nights, about nine o’clock, I sit down and I write. I have no idea why I do it. Many nights I don’t want to do it. I don’t get paid to do it. Maybe I shouldn’t do it? But to use a well-worn phrase, I “just do it.”
Over the last few years it has occurred to me that much of what is accomplished in this world is due more to stamina than it is talent. That is a good thing for most of us.
As a leader, it is impossible for you to hit a home run every day. But it is possible for you to take a swing. Keep swinging long enough and you are bound to make contact at some point.
Find something you are passionate about and start doing it. Over and over, day after day. Lead, speak, sing, make music, paint, draw, blog, read, or write. The context matters little. Just do something and do your best.
Thanks for the reminder, John Irving. People all over the world need for us to contribute and to bring endurance.
Let’s do it!
What is one area of interest where you would like to have more stamina?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.