The important things in life are not accomplished all at once. They happen one day at a time. Life is an endurance race, not a sprint.
This is especially true of leadership. It’s not a quick fix. It’s a journey built on character, enough character to sustain yourself over years of effort and growth.
Few people understand endurance better than Geoffrey Mutai. He was born the youngest of 11 children and grew up in a poor family living in Kenya. As a teenager, he already knew what he wanted most from life. He wanted to be a professional marathon runner. Now you need to put this into context. He had other obligations besides his interest in running. His family relied on him to contribute financial support. So, he took a series of back-breaking jobs, and he got up early every morning to run before he went to work. To the outside world, he looked foolish for trying to do so much. People in his community suggested that his goals were too lofty, and he’d do better to forget about running. In 2011, he won the Boston Marathon in what was then the fastest time ever recorded for a marathon. He is now able to provide for his family and community, and he is leading the life he loves. If you’d like to learn more of his story, check out this article, .
How did Geoffrey Mutai do it? What makes a person endure? In his book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”, John C. Maxwell explores the qualities that help a leader endure. It’s part of his chapter on the Law of Process.
Here are some of the secrets:
As John C. Maxwell says, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
How will you cultivate endurance? Pick three items from the list of endurance secrets and commit to nurturing those attributes in yourself.
The best is yet to come. It starts with you.