I have been receiving daily emails for the past three days from the Domino Project. They are part of the thirty day ‘Trust Yourself’ writing challenge that is in conjunction with their recent re-release of Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Today’s prompt asks what one belief I have that is not shared by my family and closest friends.
That is a tough one. I try my best to surround myself with people who share my basic values and beliefs. So instead, I’ll share one belief on which my family and friends have not openly expressed their opinion to me.
My belief: leaders are made… And every single person on this earth has the potential to lead others to do good in the world. Yes, predisposition and natural tendencies can make it easier for some people to lead. A person born into the slums of Brazil, a small farming village in China, government housing in the Bronx, or in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness might have a harder time finding their potential and exhibiting leadership qualities than others.
But with the right influences, a personal drive to succeed, a desire to be free from conventional wisdom, and the perseverance to overcome hardship and setbacks, anyone can become a leader. But they need others to help. They need those people who have been provided for for their entire lives (like myself) to step up and make a difference or open a door. They don’t need a handout, they need a step-up (as it was put at our Habitat for Humanity volunteer orientation last night).
I believe that every single person born on this Earth can be made into a leader and a world-changer… If only those of us that are striving to improve ourselves will also strive to help others.