The Barrett Leadership Blog

The Barrett Leadership Blog allows those of you who have read my books or have utilized The Barrett Center for Leadership Development, LLCâ„¢ services another means to immerse yourself in the conversation of leadership and organizational development. Therefore, I encourage you to participate in an open and honest manner so that you can continue to develop your leadership from the inside out.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

A Sea Change in Thinking is Needed: Understand that Chaos has Always Been the Rule

What is chaos? What is order? What is the relationship between the two concepts and how does our relationship to them influence how we lead our lives? Many people see chaos and order as competing forces. For many of us order is the concept we relish, because it gives us the feeling that we can control every aspect of our lives. The problem with this line of thinking is that the concept of order as most of us understand it is an illusion. The truth is that we cannot control every aspect of our lives, but we can lead our lives in a more powerful way if we embrace the reality of chaos.

As a young western world was moving away from religion towards science to explain the universe, a scientist named Sir Issac Newton revolutionized the way we understood and related to the universe as well as our lives. Newton provided humanity with an orderly way of understanding gravity and celestial motion that was rooted in physics and mathematics. This scientifically based understanding of the universe gave humanity its first true understanding of the universe as well as how we could successfully interact with it. Newton's orderly outlook on the universe gave way to a new rigid science (Newtonian science). Newtonian science was based on the premise that all entities or events had a scientifically explainable order to them. However, those that did not, were considered anomalies and disregarded as random chaotic occurrences (the essence of chaos).

The scientifically based laws and rigidity of Newtonian science infiltrated ever aspect of human life. It influenced how humanity thought, resulting in actions that impacted everything from farming, to child rearing, to the running of organizations and nations. The social order of humanity was based on Newton's laws, where scientifically explainable orderly procedures were the rule. However, Newton's laws could not make order out of certain events and occurrences, leaving humanity to simply disregard the given event as an anomaly or random chaotic occurrence. Without uncovering a scientifically explainable order for an increasing amount of events, humanity was left to struggle with what it could not comprehend.

This line of thinking dominated the human psyche until a new thinker Albert Einstein challenged Newton's assertions. What Einstein realized was that while many events or occurrences in our universe had a scientifically explainable order per Newton's laws, many more could not be explained under these same laws. Einstein understood that the thinking that served as the foundation for Newton's laws were not expansive enough to explain the many anomalies that still appeared in the universe and in humanity's everyday lives. Through years of research, Einstein developed the Theory of Relativity, which hypothesized that what humanity had come to view as anomalies or random chaotic occurrences in Newtonian science, actually had a scientifically explainable order that was based on the space-time continuum, meaning that the occurring of an event is directly related to the event's space and time. Therefore, an event may occur to be chaotic to the untrained eye, but it is not chaotic at all, rather it is appropriately occurring in its own space-time continuum, which may not be fully understood be the observer. The space-time continuum was not part of Newton's equations, therefore he had no way of handling the perceived anomalies and random chaotic occurrences that Einstein addressed.

Now, what did this breakthrough mean for humankind at the societal level? Einstein's breakthrough meant that what humanity had perceived as anomalies and random chaotic occurrences were not that at all. It meant that humanity was just incapable of seeing the order emerge, which is the case in many instances when we cannot explain what is happening in our lives. However, Einstein showed us that there is more to learn. There is more to understand in regards to the universe around us and how we relate to it. Even though we strive for the security of the norm, or yearn for the order of yesteryear, life happens, life changes as we should as well. What we deem as anomalies or random chaotic occurrences today will be the accepted norms of tomorrow as we grow and learn more about what we don't know. This is the scary part of chaos. It throws us into a realm of uncertainty, which makes us uncomfortable until we learn the rules of the new realm we are entering. Nevertheless, this is life. Life changes. Life transforms, always.

Einstein showed us that there was more to discover about the universe and how we operate in it. He showed us that while Newton provided us with a great beginning, it was just that, a great beginning. Just as Einstein expanded on the works of Newton, others have done the same to Einstein leading to theories such as Quantum Mechanics, Chaos Theory, and Complexity Theory, all of which further expand and explain the complex inner-workings of the universe. Oddly enough, it seems that random and chaotic occurrences now appear to be the rule as science continues to develop.

I provided you with all of this theoretical background to show you that the concepts of order and chaos have evolved over time. We now live in a time where chaos and complexity are the rule from which order emerges. Are you willing to be with what emerges in your life? Are you willing to open your mind to understand events that others may view as chaotic?

The truth is there is no order without chaos. Order emerges from chaos. Our world, our solar system, the universe, our human form all emerged from chaos. The question is-How comfortable are you with chaos? Are you still trying to create an orderly life within a chaotic universe? Understand that chaos is neither good or bad. It is simply another event or occurrence that we must address. Even after reading this essay, many of us will still blame chaos for allowing uncertainty and change to infiltrate our lives in the form of a layoff, divorce, or sickness. These chaotic occurrences will appear as unwelcome disturbances to our previously "ordered" lives. But, the question of most importance is-How will you view chaos as it will inevitably infiltrate your life?


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Answering Your Passion's Call

I remember leading a discussion in a leadership course I taught a couple of years ago. The topic of the discussion pertained to the notion that only certain people had the attributes to be a leader. Most of the class agreed that certain classmates did not have the attributes normally associated with a leader. I reflect on this discussion because like some of my former students, many of us believe that leadership is relegated to those that possess attributes such as higher education, excellent oratory skills, a powerful presence, high social standing, or access to wealth and positional power. Attributes such as these have long been associated with leadership in America, so much so that they have become popular culture's litmus test for determining those that we should follow such as our politicians, business executives, and even entertainers. But, what does this mean for those that do not possess these particular attributes? Does it mean that these individuals can never become leaders? Does it mean that they will always be at the mercy of those that do possess these attributes? Does it mean that they will never have a voice of significance in issues that matter to them? I answer a resounding, no, as I did in that class discussion years ago.

Leadership (the act of leading others in order to resolve or address a given concern or issue) is not based on any of the attributes that many of us have come to believe and accept as qualifiers. This is not to say that a leader cannot possess the previously discussed attributes, however, they are not the qualifiers for leadership. Anyone can access their leadership if they are willing to answer their passion's call. What do I mean by passion's call?

Passion is the driving force behind our willingness to take on leadership activities. For example, when one sees another human being starving and decides to start a community food kitchen, one's passion has just called that individual to be a leader for that particular issue. When conditions in one's community has deteriorated to the point that he/she begins to form community outreach groups to reverse the condition, passion has just called that individual to be a leader for that particular issue. Finally, when children are dropping out of a given school, and a teacher, parent, or fellow student begins a study group to rectify this concern, passion has just called that individual to be a leader as well. In each one of these examples, the attributes previously discussed were not mentioned as they were not essential to these individuals' leadership.

You see, our passion's call has the ability to compel us to take leadership action(s) pertaining to a specific concern or issue that touches our soul. The call to address a given issue in our life or community stirs our soul. This stirring of the soul may manifest itself in feelings that lead to action such as anger (something needs to be done about this), or joy (there needs to be more of this in the world). It is in these very moments, when our souls are stirring that we can either follow our passion's call and choose to take the necessary leadership action(s) to address the issue(s) that is causing the turmoil so that we can put our souls at ease, or we can choose to ignore it leaving our souls in turmoil as we try to look past the issue(s).

Leaders acknowledge their passion's call by addressing the issue(s) that speak to their soul. Achieving equality spoke to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s soul, eradicating apartheid spoke to Nelson Mandela's soul, helping the poor and downtrodden spoke to Mother Teresa's soul, and gaining independence spoke to Ghandi's soul. Now, I know that these individuals may not appear to have much in common with you, as you may elevate them to hero status. While, I would agree that these individuals are examples of great leaders, they like all leaders (past and present) became who they became and achieved what they achieved because they answered their passion's call.

We all have issues or concerns that we are passionate about, as well as the ability to address these issues or concerns in our own unique way, making us all potential leaders. The question is-Are you willing to answer your passion's call?


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Operating Out of Love in the Workplace Equates to True Leadership

You know, even though I studied leadership development for over a decade, I never made the connection between love and leadership in the organizational setting. I mean, I knew what both terms meant in an intellectual sense. I even knew how leadership presented itself in a practical sense. But, this term called love was something that I had little facility with in an organizational setting. Therefore, I was unable to make the connection that without utilizing love, there can be no true leadership on the part of organizational leaders. I know that right now some of you may be confused by what I just said. But stop and think for a moment.

For employees, I know that many of you have supervisors or managers that are called leaders or occupy leadership positions. But I ask you, which ones would you go the extra mile for? And which ones would you give the bare minimum? Now, what qualities within those managers helped you make that determination? I would argue that the amount of love a given manager shows his/her employees on a daily basis helps employees decide whether or not to go the extra mile.

Now, when I talk about love, I am not referring to anything romantic. What I am actually referring to is a manager's willingness to give of his/herself to his/her employees, facilitated by a genuine concern for their well being as whole and complete human beings. Examples of this in the workplace include:

  • a manager taking extra time to listen to an employee's concerns (whether business or personal)
  • or a supervisory stopping an employee from doing a task because it is unsafe even though the employee was ready and willing to do it

Sadly, operating out of love in the workplace is not the rule in many American companies. The reason for this is that often times, managers are so pressured to meet objectives that they operate in survival mode, seeing and treating employees as tools rather than whole and complete human beings. This type of behavior totally contradicts operating in a loving manner, which sees and treats all employees as whole and complete human beings first and foremost. You see, when a manager operates in survival mode, he/she tends to horde resources, keep information to his/herself, and do what ever is necessary to remain viable and appease the organizational executive staff, while often times alienating his/her employees.

Love does not operate in survival mode. Love in an organizational setting is based on the notion of fostering the human spirit. A human being is a multifaceted and complex entity. Human beings have desires, dreams, goals, feelings, and beliefs. This being the case, the typical employee cannot be simply seen and treated as a tool by his/her manager. Utilizing love in the workplace allows for a manager to address the complexities of an employee, increasing the likelihood that he/she will be more at ease, content, and willing to go the extra mile when necessary. But, how can a manager show love to his/her employees in the workplace?

Just think about that manager that took the extra time to listen to his/her employee's concerns (work related or not). An old business adage states that "time is money." Well, for that extra minute or two this particular manager showed love by effectively communicating with his/her employee about a given issue. By using love, a manager's goal is to bring out and connect with the humanity of his/her employees. Interactions facilitated with love will more than likely improve the interpersonal relationships between managers and employees. It's interpersonal interactions such as these that develop a manager's leadership and improve his/her ability to meet objectives over the long term.

Now, if you are a manager that wants to be a true leader, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Are my employees helping me or hindering me when it comes to meeting my objectives?
  • Could my management style be negatively impacting my interpersonal relationships with my employees?
  • Do I operate out of love with my employees? If not, why?
  • What could I start doing that would show my employees that I genuinely care about their well being and value them as whole and complete human beings?
Managers, if you are ready to become true leaders, answering these questions will get you started. So, go to work. By the way, utilizing love in the workplace is not relegated to managers. I began with them because management tends to set the corporate culture. Therefore, if they successfully incorporate love into the culture it should take root and spread throughout the entire organization.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Understanding and Unleashing the Transformative Powers of Education (Learning How to Learn)

As a child, my parents always impressed upon me the importance of getting a good education. My father in particular, always told my siblings and I that we should strive to be number one in our studies. Because of the strict nature of my father, getting good grades was the rule, while getting low grades resulted in punishment. Needless to say, my siblings and I achieved honor role status throughout our K through middle school years. However, as I hit high school things began to change for me. I was no longer that little boy that followed my father's every wish out of fear. By now, I had been hardened by the tough streets of Brooklyn and questioned whether getting a good (formal) education could take me out of this environment.

You see, in my community, I knew of few high school graduates, much less college graduates. My parents had limited education and struggled to provide for my siblings and I. Like many that grew up in poor communities, I experienced my fair share of pain and struggles. Like many of today's youth that are dropping out of high school in record numbers, I too doubted the transformative powers of formal education touted by my parents and teachers. I did not believe that formal education alone could transform my socio-economic situation. As a result, I began to devalue formal education and withdrew (cutting classes regularly). Luckily, I began to realize the error in my thinking brought about by the intervention of a high school guidance counselor. I struggled to graduate high school, needing to attend summer school two years in a row in addition to night school. Nevertheless, I did graduate-But what next!?

Today, we hear news reports about the high dropout rates for inner city high school kids across America. I believe that this high dropout rate stems from the inability of the youth to understand and witness the transformative power of education within their communities. As a 34 year old man with a PhD, I can now attest to the transformative powers of getting a good education, but not just one that is formal. I have seen examples of education's transformative powers in the lives of my colleagues, as well as in my own life. However, most people wont get a PhD, or even a college degree. Does this mean that they are doomed to a life of suffering and pain because of their socio-economic situation? Well not necessarily, as a significant percentage of millionaires in America did not graduate from college.

Still, statistics do show that one's level of formal education directly correlates to one's income (the higher the degree, the higher the income) and employability (the higher the degree, the higher the level of employability). So, it is safe to say that formal education does have transformative power in regards to one's socio-economic situation. But, is simply graduating from high school and getting a college degree the answer to unlocking education's transformative powers?

Let us take a look at the essence of education. Education is all about learning basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, and then building on these skills with more complex fields of study such as science, history, and economics. What you are doing as you master and broaden your intellectual skills is teaching your brain how to learn.

  • What ways do I learn best?
  • What topics interest me most?
  • What topics do I find easiest to learn?
  • What topics will help me transform my life?
  • What topics will help me realize my life's vision?

These are questions that you should be asking yourself as you learn how to learn (education). The truth is that formal education is beneficial to a point, but after that point it is not necessary for everyone. The reason for this is that once you learn the basics as previously described, you can take the initiative to go to libraries, museums, art galleries, plays, as well as surf the Internet to learn about anything you deem useful. Many successful people such as former President Abraham Lincoln were self-taught. But do keep in mind that because many of us do not have the discipline or desire to learn just for the sake of learning, K-12, trade schools, colleges, and universities put together formal curriculums designed to legitimize our educational experiences with a diploma, certificate of completion, or degree. The degree in particular, became popular with American employers in the 1960s, as America moved out of the Industrial Age to the Information Age. Prior to this shift, one could graduate high school and get a good middle class job at the same factory your father worked in. However, as industrial jobs disappear by the thousands because of outsourcing and globalization, a college degree has become essential for anyone looking to ascend in today's new work world (the corporate world).

But, is the opportunity to transform one's socio-economic situation utilizing formal education truly available to all? While formal education (K-12) is now available to all in America, getting a good formal education still comes at a premium. For example, inner city (K-12) public schools have historically underperformed when compared to their suburban public or private school counterparts. Therefore, socio-economics seems to be a factor in who has access to quality formal education. Another example of this is in the higher education arena, where the cost of attending a four-year institution is outpacing inflation, making attending college a dream for some and a burden for others finding it difficult to repay huge student loans after they graduate. What is someone who wants to transform his/her life utilizing formal education to do?

  • Well first, one has to assess his/her future goals.
  • What are you interested in doing with your life?
  • Reach out to guidance counselors, teachers/faculty in your schools. Maybe they can find outside educational programs that you can participate in that will increase your learning if your school is not providing you with enough rigor.
  • Seek out educational programs within as well as outside of your community.
  • Ask yourself questions such as-Do I need to go to an expensive college and be burdened with huge student loans when I graduate in order to achieve my goals?
  • Or could I attend a less expensive school and learn how to learn what I need to know to get where I want to go?
  • Parents, participate in your child's education. Get involved with the faculty and other parents. Keep abreast of political matters and then vote in the best interest of your child. And of greatest importance, seek out and provide examples of the transformative powers of education for your child. Be sure that they understand that the essence of education is not about getting a prestigious diploma or degree and saying "now pay me" to some employer.

The essence of education is about learning how to learn so that you can learn what you deem necessary for transforming your life.

  • Dropping out of high school does not help your cause.
  • Going to a prestigious school just to be burdened with huge student loan debt that you will have difficulty repaying does not help your cause.
  • Obtaining a particular degree that is not in alignment with your life's vision, simply because it is easier to acquire then the degree you really need does not help your cause.
There is no doubt that education (learning how to learn) has transformative power, but in order to unleash that transformative power one has to understand the essence of education and then use it strategically.


Friday, March 7, 2008

Questions that Run Through My Mind As I Ride the Early Morning E Train

Every morning, I ride the early E train. I see people from all nationalities, religions, and races. I see construction workers, nurses, bankers, security guards, and teachers. It is so early in the morning, yet these individuals are dutifully commuting long distances to perform their various jobs. I admire them all, as I too ride in every morning. However, as I look at the various faces (some fast asleep, some reading their newspaper, or listening to their IPod), several questions run through my mind.

  • Are you happy with the job your are commuting to?
  • How many years have you been making this commute to this job?
  • Is there another job or career that you would rather be commuting to?
  • Do you think this train ride is long, as I do?
  • Do you have issues with having to wake up so early to catch this train?
  • For the older riders, how much longer do you plan on making this commute?

My line of questioning is interrupted for a moment as I am distracted by a scuffle between two riders for a prized seat on the crowded train. Okay, now that the situation is resolved, I can resume my questioning.

  • Did you watch the political debate the other night? If so, what did you think?
  • Do you believe the country can change course or is that just rhetoric to you?
  • Do politicians really lead us anyway? And if so, where to? Either way, what will their decisions mean for you and your long, crowded commute?
  • How's that self-help book you're reading? Is it helping?
  • Am I almost at my stop?

As the guy next to me leans on me to catch his last bit of rest before exiting the train, I acknowledge that I may never get the answers to these questions. Nevertheless, questions such as these run through my mind every morning as I ride the early E train.

Lend me your thoughts.


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

What is the Essence of Sustainably Competitve Organizations?

How many of you know what makes an organization sustainably competitive? Some of you may think that a great product/service, great logo/brand, or a large bankroll makes for a sustainably competitive organization. Well, I would agree that all of the above can contribute to the creation and maintenance of sustainably competitive organizations, however, there is one key ingredient missing from this list that trumps everything on it. What's that you may ask? Why, it's the people of course. People meaning all of the stakeholders involved with the manufacturing, marketing, and selling of a given organization's product or service. Stakeholders include customers, employees, suppliers, wholesalers, and retailers. All of an organization's stakeholders must work in unison if it is to remain sustainably competitive (5-10 years of Tier 1 competition in its industry).

Now, who is responsible for making sure that an organization's stakeholders work in unison? You got it. Starting from the CEO who espouses the organization's culture, vision, and immediate goals, it is management's responsibility to make sure that the human element of the organization is running in tip top shape. However, in many instances this is not occurring. In many of the American companies that I have studied, the management teams have been primarily focused on the product/service, logo/brand, and assets, paying little attention to the state of the organization's stakeholders. And when they do turn their attention to the organization's stakeholders, they often use coercive tactics to meet organizational objectives. This practice of using coercive tactics to meet organizational objectives may work in the short term, but not in the long term as it breaks down the relationships between management and their stakeholders.

Well, I am here to tell you that if American organizations intend to remain competitive in the world they must pay more attention to their stakeholders. The product/service, logo/brand, or assets are not enough to keep an organization sustainably competitive any more. Therefore, American organizations need to retrain their management workforce to better interact with their stakeholders. This retraining process must focus on maximizing the human element of the organizational process by implementing and/or improving positive two-way communicative processes between management and stakeholders.

By implementing and/or improving the communicative processes between management and stakeholders, a learning environment can be fostered and supported, allowing for increased cooperation throughout the organization. This process can open up dialogue that had been broken down because of management's use of coercive tactics, allowing all involved with a given aspect of the organizational process to freely share their ideas. This sharing of ideas can lead to new and/or better organizational processes, increasing the organization's ability to innovate and remain globally competitive.

Now, I know some of you might still be saying that it is the product/services, logo/brand, or assets of an organization that makes it sustainably competitive. I agree that in the short term those things may appear to matter most, however in the long term its the manner by which a given organization's management team handles its stakeholders that determines its viability as well as its sustainability. I wont name names, but I am sure you can think of organizations/companies that were at the top of their industries years ago that no longer exist, or are now relegated to the bottom tier of their industries. Why did that occur? Their may be many reasons of course, but I would argue that how these organizations/companies' management team handled its stakeholders played a significant role in deciding these organizations/companies' fate.

To create and maintain a sustainably competitive organization, management has to properly address its stakeholders. Utilizing positive two-way communicative processes is one way of making sure that those that are involved in the process of providing or receiving a given product or service has a voice that is heard, acknowledged, and valued. This is the mark of an organization that plans on having sustainable success.

Neglect your stakeholders at your own peril.


Sunday, March 2, 2008

Will You Have a Legacy of Significance?

Throughout my formal studies in the fields of leadership and management, I have heard the phrase "think with the end in mind" when it comes to planning for success. While I agree with this notion when it comes to achieving individual goals, I believe that it falls a little short when we think in terms of creating a legacy of significance. But let me take a step back for a minute. Have you ever given thought to what your legacy would be? I would argue that like most people you probably have not given it serious consideration.

A legacy of significance transcends one's lifetime, influencing the lives of generations that follow. The truth is that we all will have some sort of legacy even if we did not plan for it. Our legacy may come in the form of our children, a business we can pass on to others, or an estate that we leave behind. However, these types of legacies are not what I would like you to focus on. I want you to focus on creating a legacy that is not based on other people, material items, or tangible resources, because these entities tend to expire over time, giving your legacy a finite timeframe. Instead, I want you to think about creating a legacy that is intrinsically human and touches the human spirit, giving it the ability to last throughout eternity. A sample of legacies that fall into this category include: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of equality, Ghandi's legacy of freedom and independence, Mother Teresa's legacy of love, and John F. Kennedy's legacy of hope and possibility. All of these legacies are significant because they are intrinsic to the human spirit. In addition, each one still lives on today and will influence the lives of generations to come.

However, you need not be intimidated by the legacies of these great leaders. You don't have to have the kind of impact that individuals such as these had on popular culture to have a legacy of significance. Your legacy can be much more subdued, while still allowing you to live on in the hearts and minds of future generations. But before you can embark on creating your legacy you must uncover within that which defines you and gives your life meaning. This will lead to your understanding of what your gift (legacy) to the world should or will be. Uncovering this gift may take you years to unearth, but the fulfillment, joy, and power you will feel when you begin giving it away once you have identified it makes the inquiry worthwhile.

I will start you off on your journey by telling you what I plan for my legacy, as I refine my life's vision and purpose. I have come to understand that my belief in personal freedom and the pursuit and attainment of happiness is what drives me. This deep seeded belief led to my creation of The Barrett Center for Leadership Development, LLC (TM) with the purpose of helping clients develop their leadership from the inside-out so that they could achieve personal freedom and attain happiness without depending on anyone or anything outside of themselves. With this gift in mind, I am working tirelessly to create a legacy focused on uplifting the human condition and spirit by demonstrating the importance of leading our existence from the inside-out.

Now, it's your turn. Start thinking today about what your legacy should or will be. Finally, while it is correct to think with the end in mind when it comes to pursuing your goals, I challenge you to keep your legacy (one of significance) in mind as well.


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Are You Ready to Do the Work?

Some of you may find the topic question puzzling, thinking to yourself that you have a job, therefore you are already working. Well, that is not the answer that I am looking for, because what many of us call a job is simply a mechanical exchange of labor for money which allows us to pay our bills (if the wages are enough). For many of us, our job is not fulling or inspiring. Think to yourself how difficult it is to get up at the beginning of each work week versus the happiness you feel as each work week comes to an end. When I pose the question are you ready to work, what I want to know is are you ready to begin doing what is necessary to create a life that inspires you to get up every morning with a sense of excitement, happiness, and purpose.

Are you willing to do the work that is required to transform your life into one that is fulfilling? Well, the truth is that without a serious work ethic, drive, and determination it will be very difficult to transform your life. Every step of my personal journey as well as other high achievers that I came into contact with along the way was filled with a level of dedication and willingness to work towards creating a life that we love. Ask yourself, what kind of work and sacrifice is involved with becoming a doctor, a lawyer, an astronaut, a professional athlete, an entertainer, or an entrepreneur? For most of these high achievers, a great amount of time was dedicated to studying, practicing, and/or developing their craft. For professionals such as lawyers, doctors, and scientists studying was not the only burden that they had to bare. Take a look at the tremendous student loan debt that many of them leave school with in order to become what it is that they envisioned for themselves.

I am not trying to scare you, but I want you to understand that few individuals achieve their goals over night. In fact, in most cases there were years of hard work, struggle, disappointment, self-doubt, fear, and even anxiety prior to the success that you now see. You may be saying to yourself-Why continue to struggle when the journey seems so difficult? Well, the answer resides in you. You can choose to endure the ups and downs that it will take to achieve the goals that will lead to your life's fulfilment, or you can choose not to do the work and spend your days on earth living an unfulfilled life. Now, which life do you choose? Trust me when I say that we all have the ability and mental toughness to persevere towards our goals. Therefore, we all have the ability to work towards a life that we love. The question is-Are you ready to do the work?