The Price Of Greatness
In short, some people expect to pay the price of greatness, while others, who may claim ambition and the desire to succeed, are unwilling to. The most talented leader and coach is usually not the winner.
The Price Of Greatness
All too often, failure blinds leaders and coaches to the greatness that lies just behind the bend in the road. It is only those with the determination and the will to win from within who realize you cannot have greatness without some resistance. Those who continually persist and discipline their minds and bodies to overcome obstacles ultimately achieve excellence.
Realize it is only those who are willing to endure the pain of the struggle who ultimately enjoy the rewards of greatness and see the fruits of their labor. Understand adversity is an experience, not a final act. The path of greatness and mastery in any field does not transpire overnight. It is a long transformative journey and meticulous process, not merely a destination.
It\u2019s the daily choice to take the road less traveled, one full of bumps, turns, and roadblocks. The road toward greatness does not have business hours. It only has production hours. Greatness is first a mindset and a changing of lifestyle that requires immense sacrifice.
Persistence is the will that drives a person to endure that sometimes bumpy ride. Recognize there will be failures on the road to greatness. Believe in yourself, and don\u2019t lose sight of your vision, goals, and why you started.
The price of greatness is responsibility. If the people of the United States had continued in a mediocre station, struggling with the wilderness, absorbed in their own affairs, and a factor of no consequence in the movement of the world, they might have remained forgotten and undisturbed beyond their protecting oceans: but one cannot rise to be in many ways the leading community in the civilised world without being involved in its problems, without being convulsed by its agonies and inspired by its causes.
Behind every great victory or major achievement, someone has paid a price. Greatness has many admirers and fans, but few ever produce physical, emotional and spiritual currency to obtain their own personal greatness. Archbishop Duncan-Williams challenges everyone to get off sidelines of mediocrity and failure and enter the arena of greatness in their fields of influence. He defines greatness and the process of training, studying, praying and persevering to reach it.
Greatness comes from God. He told Abraham that He would make his name great. God confers greatness on people through His own sovereign act. Two people may possess the same wealth and exert the same authority and yet one would be greater than the other.
The disciples of Jesus once asked Him of the greatest person in the Kingdom of God. Jesus answered the question in a most fascinating manner. He called a little child unto Him and set him in the midst of them. He then stated that unless one is converted and becomes a little child, one cannot enter the Kingdom of God (Matt. 18: 1). Jesus, in other words, was describing greatness as follows:
There is an unwritten rule in all post-apocalyptic media that whenever a civilization manages to scratch and claw its way back to something half-way resembling comfort, it will, without fail, be governed by an individual drunk on power and kept inebriated by the steady flow of his constituents' fear that, no matter how totalitarian things may be, the alternative is far, far worse. As Falling Skies has teased the existence of a new United States government and a functioning city in Charleston, it didn't waste any time in showing that small comfort comes at a hefty price.
But true greatness, the kind realized by Jobs in his life, and by Edison, Disney and Ford before him, is best appreciated without filters, for it is something that is experienced perhaps only once in a generation.
That one man could overcome, no ignore, failing health to will his team to victory is both a defining example of the greatness of Michael Jordan as a basketball player, and no different than how Jordan approached every game that he played.
The man known for reality distortion and an unwavering, uncompromising pursuit of the insanely great, ignored his own personal suffering, paying the ultimate price to achieve greatness. More so than any nugget from the Steve Jobs bio is this coarsely ground truth, something that should serve as a reminder the next time we wonder why there are so few great leaders, and even fewer great companies.
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