Being a leader can be exhilarating. You feel like you’re on top of the world, and there’s no limit to what you and your team can achieve.
But sometimes you want to crawl into a corner and pretend you know nothing.
You want to ignore all of the people looking to you to fix their problems.
You wish you could magically become a beginner again — full of optimism and not jaded by the harsh realities of limited resources, limited attention spans, and limited patience.
You know what? EVERY great leader feels like this sometimes. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re an asshole. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a slacker.
It means you’re human.
Don’t let those natural human tendencies to doubt, to ignore, and to lament stop you from getting better. Acknowledge them, and move on.
The road to leadership mastery is full of evil demons. And the scariest ones live exclusively in OUR HEADS.
So the next time you want to crawl into a corner and pretend you know nothing — the SECOND you feel that thought emerging — squash it like your life depended on it.
Because it does. The evil demons that reside in your head WILL take over your life if you let them.
So don’t let them.
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