“Authority confined in you does not make you a leader. It is the authority created by you that makes you influence people with your purpose.”
― Israelmore Ayivor
For some people it is only about results, not how the results were created but just that the results meet expectations. Demands for results have never been higher and never before have people expended so much emotional energy in creating those results. Longer hours and a thread to work that rarely goes away keeps the worker in constant contact with the work.
Does more work create a happier life? Do you feel happier by working longer at your job?
One lady has decided that serving others is more important than finding ways to increase her financial success. Barbara Crawford works with soldiers to help them repair the emotional wounds encountered in stressful situations. Her goal is provide soldiers and families with resources to manage and control PTSD. She does this at no cost for the soldiers, she volunteers her time to make a positive impact in the lives of others, that is her reward.
The easy thing to do is to work harder and put in more time doing work that will ultimately have little long-term meaning. The inspired leadership approach allows one to make an investment that creates significance in life as well as success. Inspired leadership allows one to focus on building a complete life as opposed to chasing things that supposed to represent a happy life.
Are you living an inspired life? Are you leading yourself in the directions of your dreams? Are you finding the balance between success and significance that bringing you greater joy? I hope your answers are “yes”.