“You win some, you lose some.”

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This has been the theme of the week for me. Today is a particularly good example. So far I have slipped and covered myself in mud, lost my ID, and been late to class. Despite these less-than-favorable occurrences, however, I have also have had a few good experiences. I got a good grade on my paper, found my ID in time for lunch, and people have gone out of their way to make sure my mud coated self was okay. I think that this is all part of being a leader . Learning to keep your composure, even if you slip up a little behind closed doors, in the face of challenges. People look to you for an example.

The core of the matter is that people who step forth to lead are typically those who refuse to let circumstance rule their life. Think of all of the amazing people in your life. The common denominator is often a lifetime of struggle that was overcome with grace, strength, and perseverance. How can we expect to help others in their lives without first learning to take control of ours? As college students, I hope this message is particular pertinent to you at such a challenging and rewarding time.

Instead of leaving you with my thoughts for the week, I want you to think of how both good and bad has happened in your life and how you have overcome it. Are you being a leader in your response? I leave you with this quote to meditate on:

It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again.
-Vince Lombardi

Rant, celebrate, or share a story… be sure to comment letting me know how you handled obstacles as a leader.

2 Responses to ““You win some, you lose some.””

  1.   ptinnell Says:

    Lori, I agree with you. Keeping your composure is part of being a leader. I have always felt that one of the biggest aspects of being an effective leader is resilience. If you fall down, you have to get back up and keep going on. Quite litterally for you today, but also metaphorically. If you let something little like a bit of mud discourage you, then what will happen if something big occurs?

  2.   swilli28 Says:

    Lori, I definitely agree that overcoming obstacles is part of being a leader but I also think that sometimes obstacles can’t be fully overcome, and have to be accepted as part of what makes you a leader. I guess I keep thinking of rags to riches stories and the American Dream, which aren’t always practical. But it’s important to serve and love and lead where you’re at in life, because you are there for a reason.

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