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How Will You Write Your Leadership Legacy?

When you leave your job or current position; when your kids leave your home; when clients, colleagues, or companions leave your life; and ultimately when you leave this earth, you will be remembered by the story you write about yourself.

So are you telling a yes, and or a yes, but story?

The Tale of Two Presidents

What does that even mean? Great question, allow me to explain using two figures from history - President Reagan and President Nixon.

Reagan was yes, and. Nixon was yes, but. Because of that, history views the two presidents very differently.

Reagan would say, “Yes, I was poor and I was emotionally wealthy.” “Yes, it was a challenge to deal with a congress from an opposing party and that gave me alternative viewpoints to choose from.” “Yes, the Cold War was looming and that was the opportunity to find allies for peace.”

Nixon, wrote a different story about himself.

Nixon would say, “Yes, I went to college, but I didn’t go to an Ivy League school.” “Yes, I was President, but I had enemies.” “Yes, I was popular, but the media was out to get me.”

He wrote a very different story about himself. And guess what, people believe the story he wrote.

What Story are Your Writing?

You, and you alone write the story of your success. And if you don’t write it deliberately, make no mistake it will be written for you and my hunch is you won’t like the back cover of that book.

'Yes, I had a hard time and now I’m on my way back.'

'Yes, my parents weren’t ideal role models and now I have the opportunity to give my kids amazing, loving parents.'

'Yes, I got fired from that job, it was scary, and now I am pursuing a more fullfilling path.'

 

Yes, I lost that big client . . .

Yes, I’m having a hard time seeing the way out of this mess . . .

Yes, I feel like I’m consumed with anger and anxiety . . .

And or but?

Yes, I lost that big client . . .

. . . But they were awful? -or- . . . And that freed me up to find my ideal customer.

 

Yes, I’m having a hard time seeing the way out of this mess . . .

. . . But, what’s the point? -or-  . . . And now I can look for opportunity I would never have considered before.

 

Yes, I feel like I’m consumed with anger and anxiety . . .

. . . But, that’s how I’ve always been? -or- . . . And that gives me the opportunity to have to slow down and collect my thoughts before I act.

 

They're Listening

Your co-workers, they’re listening. Your team, they’re listening. The customers and clients, they’re listening, too.

Your family, they are definitely listening to the story you tell each and every day.

And I get it, it is very easy to slip into yes, but mode.

But the weather. . .

But the economy. . .

But the elections. . .

You can’t control those things.

And you can control your attitude and your reaction. The story you tell about yourself is 100% in your control.


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You can control your attitude and your reaction. The story you tell about yourself is 100% in your control. @DQuiggle
 


Because those around you will believe the story. Your clients will believe it. Your employees will believe it. The family will believe it, if YOU believe it.

Be aware, the next time you use the word but. Stop. Ask yourself, ‘what is the story I want to write.’ And commence writing your leadership legacy.

 

Listen to Episode 5 of Garage to Goliath | Leaders Building Legacies podcast and subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud

 Lead well, 

Dan Quiggle family business

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