Malala Yousafzai is 16 years old. If you haven’t seen her on the news yet, you will soon. She’s been nominated for a Nobel prize. After having been critically wounded by the Taliban, she’s gone on to find her voice. She carries a message that the education of women is a critical step in achieving freedom in her home country of Pakistan.
Rick Rescorla worked security at Morgan-Stanley/Dean-Witter, in New York at the World Trade Center. He was fervent about preparation, performing safety drills over and over, which every one else did NOT always love. But on September 11, 2001, his ability to remain calm and deliberately perform his duties saved lives. He safely evacuated over 2,700 people and was last seen on the tenth floor, ascending the stairs to evacuate people from other companies on higher floors.
In another time and place these two people wouldn’t be recognized for having similar purposes. But we can see that they do. One uniquely advocates for education, the other was just doing his job. Both Reversed the Flow and put the needs of others above their own.
I recently learned a story that had a big affect on me. He’s an ordinary guy named Richie. Ordinary in many ways, he just has to work a little harder to get things done that are simple for a lot of us. But, there is not an ounce of victim mentality in his attitude. “Getting through the day” can be a struggle, if we look at it that way. But Richie embraces struggle.
How do you make it through your day? Watch the below video for inspiration. We can all learn from Richie Parker’s “creative engineering.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
|Dr. Danziger pins my son with a “No Whining” button
The task of leadership is to demonstrate, consistently, where he or she can and will stand in times of challenge and controversy. The basic skill of staying positive and refusing to give in to victim mentality becomes part of the heart of the leader.Congratulations to Dr. Sanford Danziger who continues to make breakthroughs in teaching these core concepts to kids and is helping shape tomorrow’s leaders. See what he’s doing with the Take Charge Program
for youth.Make it a great day.Daniel and the TRP Team