The harsh reality is that we only know what we are really made of as we endure great trials. The true test and character of a person isn't who they are when things are going their way, but who they are when everything is going wrong.
I've seen leaders be instantly formed as they stepped in to fill gaps. They didn't have the title, but they had the influence, and they lead their people to great success.
Pressure reveals the inner character to the outside world.
- Like the person who conquered a figurative and literal mountain despite their fears and went on in life to achieve career heights they didn't think they could.
- Like the warrior who took the diagnosis of cancer as a battle cry to live every single moment to their fullest and to help others do the same.
- Like the quiet administrator that everyone underestimated who went on to be elected and served their constituents faithfully for years.
Those are all real people I know. It wasn't the trial that produced their character; it was the trial that revealed their inner strength.
The one thing we can all be certain of is that we will face trials, and it's up to us to determine the rest of the story. Make it count!
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In a healthy culture, the only finger-pointing people do is at themselves.
The leaders take ownership quickly and set the example.
You’re making history right now. It may not feel like it. You may feel like what you’re doing isn’t so important as others, but it really is.
One day, somewhere in the future, a family member will talk about you. They will say:
“I had a great grandparent, aunt, uncle who was alive during the great pandemic of the 20's and _______”
Then they will finish that sentence with the actions you are taking during this time. Let’s decide today to fill it in with something inspirational.