Unbeknown to you, the power you wield in your seemingly tedious 9 to 5 routine is significant and you may forget while dreaming of the next level that you are tremendous as you are!
The thousands of quotes, posts, articles, blogs, webinars, and seminars out there advocating leadership and entrepreneurship, while undoubtedly helpful to some, have left the majority of us ordinary folks feeling a bit frustrated with our own achievements.
The simple truth is we are not all built to be leaders or entrepreneurs; in fact, very few of us are. On the other hand, we all come with our very own potential to be awesome at something. And when you look at reality as it stands, without putting on the blurry “let’s all be leaders” spectacles, you’ll see that no leaders or entrepreneurs could’ve existed if it weren’t for the many people doing their bit in tremendous fashion under their leadership.
Nothing wrong with ambition of course. It’s dissatisfaction that poisons the spirit. What good is being a fantastic director of photography if you are always feeling bitter about not being the film director?
Getting more money and credit is not something you’re not entitled to crave, but only if you seek it without prejudice to the awesome work you do. Despite the skewed perception the aforementioned wave of “let’s all be leaders” created in our minds – you are not likely to feel happier if you forsake your awesomeness for a step up to an ill fit.
If leadership is your calling, it will happen; if it doesn’t, then it simply isn’t.
If you are good at what you do, then take all that thinking and energy you’re wasting on eyeballing the next level and re-channel it towards becoming great at what you do. The next level, if one must be on your mind, should be becoming the best at what you do.
So, the next time you are avidly taking in all the advice being dished out by an advocate of “leadership”, remember that this individual is no more a leader than the individual who writes books on “how to become a millionaire” is a millionaire; he/she is simply tremendous at what he/she does.