Sometimes the greatest leaders are the ones that are just not afraid to look foolish, nor are afraid to fail. In fact, looking foolish and failing are an essential part of life, and of learning. I deeply believe that our world needs more great people to stand up and lead. I hope that if I chronicle my own adventure, others may learn and benefit and become the leaders that we need.
When I was in high-school, I heard a quote from Teddy Roosevelt that sent a shock of inspiration through my entire body. That quote, shared below, has stayed with me all of these years, and continues to inspire me day after day.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
– Theodore Roosevelt, circa 1900
I have spent my life thus far striving to “dare mighty things”; consequently, I have made more mistakes than I can count. However, I am determined to experience life for its fullest colors. And with that, I push onward.
This attitude has brought me stitches, many laughs (at my expense), and some debt. However, it has also brought me much happiness and success. I have lived in Europe and across the US, I have jumped out of airplanes, and spent time underwater, I earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and I have run successful businesses of my own.
And so, I hope that this blog will chronicle my adventure, and maybe impart a few laughs to you. And remember, there is nothing stopping you from spreading your wings, and roaring from a mountaintop. It is time we all become the leaders that we were meant to be.
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