New posts will begin this month, and will focus on comments made by authors, I admire, in their leadership books. I will expand on those comments with personal experiences, and insights.
September 18, 2013
“Even Eagles Need A Push”, David McNally, author, Publisher Delacorte Press, Copyright 1990.
Book introduction quotes: “Specifically, we shall be seeking answers to three of life’s most important questions:
Why are we here?
What do I have to contribute that will make a difference?
What do I value and believe in?
Confident people have a philosophy about why they were created. They have a sense of purpose…
Confident people know what they bring to the world….
Confident people know that the accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor requires commitment…
Confident people know that it is only to that in which they truly value and believe are they willing to be committed.
Inspired persons know why they do what they do, and why they want what they want. They are not shackled by the pettiness that restrains so many lives. The inspired person comes to life with a purpose and passion, with the daily desire to grow and contribute”.
Personal comments: “Why I am here” is obvious to me. It was decided as a result of my military experience from 1966 to 1969.
I graduated from college in 1966 without any idea of what I wanted to do, so I enlisted in the US Army (mistakenly thought that would be a benefit over being drafted). After basic training, and Officer Candidate School I was assigned and stationed in Berlin, Germany (probably the only benefit of enlisting).
During my time in Berlin I was amazed at how poorly officers, at the upper levels, treated the enlisted members of the battalion (privates, corporals, specialists, and sergeants), as well as how poorly my fellow lieutenants and I were treated. I’m of the belief that encouragement and support improves morale, productivity, and commitment, among other attributes.
So, as a result, I began to contemplate my future, because the military was not going to be in it. By the end of my military commitment I realized that a job that gave me the opportunity to help others is what I wanted, and needed. That “realization” has given me that opportunity since 1980, and I’ve never regretted the decision. Supporting those who needed support, encouragement, praise, opportunity, and trust has not always endeared me with upper management, but that has never been my goal. Letters and communication from those who thank me is all I’ve needed, and appreciated. I believe I’ve been on purpose for why I was created, and I’m very thankful for knowing that early in life.