Stub your Toe? Get Up ‘n Go

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you smile in the face of immediate adversity. Reading time 2:55.

     You got off on the wrong foot. You stumbled out of the block. Now you’re sure your project is doomed.

jack nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus

     Well cheer up! The most effective leaders battle back from tough starts. They stub their toe and get back up and go. Consider that:

      PABLO PICASSO was born dead.  His uncle –a physician- tried an innovative approach (breathing cigar smoke into the baby’s nostrils to shock the newborn’s lungs) and revived him. Picasso, the 20th century’s most innovative artist, turned a tough start into spectacular show over his lifetime.

      So did the following six sports legends.

   Jack Nicklaus

       JACK NICKLAUS,  the greatest professional golfer of all time, took his first swing as a professional golfer and drowned his golf ball. He hit his drive into the water.  From that pro exhibition match in Miami, Nicklaus went on to win a record 18 major tournaments including six Masters Championships, five PGA Championships, four US Opens and three British Opens. That’s two more than the combined total of Arnold Palmer (7) and Gary Player (9) and three times as many as Lee Trevino (6).  Tiger Woods (14) needs five more major victories to unseat Nicklaus.

 Lou Gehrig

       LOU GEHRIG struck out in his first at bat in the major leagues—on three straight pitches. Yet Gehrig went on to set 45 major league baseball records, including a then-record 2,130 starts over a 14-year span. Continue reading “Stub your Toe? Get Up ‘n Go”

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CREATVITY: Burn Away the Weeds to Unleash the Seeds

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to help you bounce back from a devastating defeat.

         Okay you screwed up. The team you led finished way out of the money. Your leadership is being questioned –mostly by you. You feel lousy. Your get up and go got up and went. The only thing you can lead now is a scream. And it seems you”ll never stop wiping the eggs of embarrassment off your face.

Wildfires burned away the clutter and gave birth to wildflowers

     Cheer up. Start fresh. That’s what I do when I find myself at the short end of the stick. I know. Easier said that done. Well, read on.

    When I am feeling burned out, I get some relief when I think of the Greater American Prairie where the destruction of so many wildfires would inevitably lead to the creation of so many vibrant wildflowers.

        The wildflowers-out-of- wildfires concept gave even more credence Pablo Picasso’s observation that : “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”

        Indeed Picasso could have been referring to the Great American Prairie. The Great American Prairie is indeed an example of creation out of devastation.

       Continue reading “CREATVITY: Burn Away the Weeds to Unleash the Seeds”