The lessons of the wolverine: it never backs down, never hesitates and never quits.
Leaders listen and do the right thing. The world and your community need honest, intelligent, dedicated leaders. When I joined the Army at age twenty I had very little confidence in myself. After completing basic training, experience in the military and earning the rank of sergeant I could finally say I have some confidence. It took a lot of effort to instill those positive feelings. As a leader I’m in the business of getting things done. Results matter. Successful leaders are emotionally intelligent. Five domains of emotional intelligence: know your emotions, manage them, motivate yourself, understand other peoples emotions and manage relationships. Learn to manage risk. Action vs inaction. Leaders have a vision and managers make it happen. Motivation can make up for a lack of resources. Conflict resolution can be therapeutic; helps you develop. The only limit to your capabilities is your mind and the ability to control your mind is the strongest weapon you will ever have.
You build confidence by living your values, accomplishing goals and making a difference. You are capable of rising as far as your abilities take you. If you cant believe in yourself you cant believe in others. Don’t follow. Be a maverick; an independent thinker. A leader takes charge and shows sympathy. People are depending on you to make the right choice. Leadership is like a rhinoceros: hard to define but easy to recognize. Its not what your born with, its your strategic architecture. Everything is a rational choice model. Don’t complain about fairness. Nothing is fair and everything is random chance and necessity. Spend time finding solutions. Never show fear but danger comes from trying to surpass your limits. Who dares, wins! Keep a balanced perspective. Even the best leaders are never always right. Being a parent is a position of leadership. It’s not about you. Its about them and making their lives better. Follow your instinct. Instinct is genetic…give me a calm heart and a clear mind.
Learn to recognize patterns. Patterns are how I see the world. The brain gets stimulation from patterns. Call it pattern perception. Everything is governed by patterns. Follow the pattern. Patterns are the opposite of randomness and uncertainty. We must reject the concept of uncertainty and instead deal with the uncertainty that exists in the real world.
Perspective comes with time. Time has no meaning in the universe. Clocks weren’t invented until the 1850s. The only time that truly exists is the clocks in atoms. The frequency at which they vibrate. There is no past; there is no future. Don’t let anyone tell you your old. There are timeless lessons in life that can only be gained through experience. There is no substitute for experience. You can kill me but you cannot harm me. Self defense is the first law of nature. Stand up for yourself! Better to accept a metaphorical black eye than sacrifice your pride. Don’t be afraid to curse someone out, if they deserve it. The perfect clarity: devoid of delusion, ego or evil.