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NDE - Lesson Four: Do Not Settle For The Easy Way!

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

The food was bland, the day was flat. The only exciting part of the day was when my wife or one of my daughters would visit me - I was allowed one person per visit, from 6 to 7 p.m. - and yet the days went by quickly.

On the other hand, the nights were endless, I couldn't turn around, I had to make sure I stayed flat. I couldn't sleep a wink.

All these hardships and the emotions they engendered forge character and resilience. As the saying goes: 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger'. Every difficult moment in life leaves a scar, which is also a source of strength and wisdom.

In an article published in January 2018 (*), HBR shared the results of research that showed that the most effective way to become a CEO is not to acquire the best pedigree but to be a sprinter, seizing opportunities to do big things, taking a big leap, putting your hands in the dirt where others don't want to go.

There's probably some truth in this for every one of us. My lesson #4 is: never be a shrunk version of your potential. Do not shy away from bold moves and difficult situations, keep hope and patience when you are faced with ordeals, they all polish the rough diamond that you are. Do not settle for the easy way!


(*)Source: The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

by Elena Lytkina Botelho , Kim Rosenkoetter Powell and Nicole Wong

January 31, 2018


#leadership #personaldevelopment #performance



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