“When young leaders with the same hubris based courage do not heed the admonishment of their advisors HEARTBREAK ABOUNDS! Along with lost opportunity, lost money, lost time and possibly lost freedom. Not every great risk is followed by great reward!” J Loren Norris
BABIES AND LEADERS SHARE THE SAME FEAR!! AT SOME POINT THEY MIGHT SHARE A GREATER DANGER THAN WHAT THEY FEAR!
Babies have a fear of falling. It’s why they gasp for breath when a parent is Holding them and moves too suddenly. The fear of falling they say is the only natural born fear in human beings.
Leaders also have a healthy fear of falling. They fear losing their status, their influence, their position, career or title. It makes sense. No one wants to work so hard for so long and see it all slip away.
HOWEVER - The one danger babies and leaders both must face is the hubris which masks the fear of falling! When a toddler loses that sense of fear they take unlikely risks. When they carry that fearlessness forward into adolescence or young adulthood they do crazy things like street racing, challenging peers to life threatening tasks and they truly believe “IT WON’T HAPPEN TO ME!”
When leaders approach their leadership role with the same level of hubris possessed by teen boys or young men, the same danger arises. They become convinced “IT CAN’T HAPPEN TO ME!”
Toddlers in discovery mode and leaders who are proving themselves both need someone close at hand who is objective enough to see the risks clearly, recognize the potential threats and potential harm which could be done and have to trusted position to SPEAK UP!
When young adventurous children do not heed the admonishment of their parents SCARS ABOUND!
When young leaders with the same hubris based courage do not heed the admonishment of their advisors HEARTBREAK ABOUNDS! Along with lost opportunity, lost money, lost time and possibly lost freedom.
Listen closely to those who are your mentors.
“Not every great risk is followed by great reward!” J Loren Norris
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