If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
One thing I learned early in my career is that people do not work hard for only a paycheck or even an organization. People work hard for other people. Other people that inspire them.
I have done it myself. I have had a few rare amazing managers, CEOs or senior leaders that have inspired me to be better. To do more. It was not always easy working for or with them, that creativity and energy comes at a cost…but damn was it powerful. I loved every day of it– no matter how hard the task, how outrageous the goal.
They did not just see what was possible and reasonable. They did not always compromise. They saw the future and prepared others around them to see it as well.They prepared us to see something more.
Big ideas matter, especially to those that they inspire. They feed and sustain us.They frustrate and scare us.They call us to act . They call us to question. They call us to fail. They call us to step into our greatness.
True movements do not always have CEOs, but they do have soul. Movements happen when thousands of people discover their power and in doing so discover their possibilities.
The soul of any movement is inspiration.