Our Weekly Message for January 21, 2004

Greetings special friends,

Many things are happening in 2004 with so many workshops and contests every weekend. You can keep up with all of the activities on our American Dance/Drill Team main page.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
"You never find yourself until you face the truth."
Pearl Bailey (1918-1990) entertainer
"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don't have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills, and take new classes." Jim Rohn
"The success you are enjoying today is the result of the price you have paid in the past." -- Brian Tracy
"Every farmer knows that you can't sow and reap on the same day. There is a timetable for your harvest that requires both working and waiting. Patience is a small price to pay for what you will receive." -- Neil Eskelin
"It takes less time to do things right that to explain why you did it wrong."
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Many students are looking ahead to officer tryouts while many of us serve as leaders in other capacities. Below is a passage by Jim Rohn that will guide any leader to be a better one.

Have a great week, and, as always, please keep in touch.

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®


The Qualities of Skillful Leadership
by Jim Rohn

If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become
a person of quality yourself. Leadership is the ability to attract someone to
the gifts, skills, and opportunities you offer as an owner, as a manager, as a
parent. I call leadership the great challenge of life.

What's important in leadership is refining your skills. All great leaders
keep working on themselves until they become effective. Here are some specifics:
1) Learn to be strong but not rude. It is an extra step you must take to
become a powerful, capable leader with a wide range of reach. Some people mistake
rudeness for strength. It's not even a good substitute.
2) Learn to be kind but not weak. We must not mistake kindness for weakness.
Kindness isn't weak. Kindness is a certain type of strength. We must be kind
enough to tell somebody the truth. We must be kind enough and considerate
enough to lay it on the line. We must be kind enough to tell it like it is and not
deal in delusion.
3) Learn to be bold but not a bully. It takes boldness to win the day. To
build your influence, you've got to walk in front of your group. You've got to be
willing to take the first arrow, tackle the first problem, discover the first
sign of trouble.
4) You've got to learn to be humble, but not timid. You can't get to the high
life by being timid. Some people mistake timidity for humility. Humility is
almost a God-like word. A sense of awe. A sense of wonder. An awareness of the
human soul and spirit. An understanding that there is something unique about
the human drama versus the rest of life. Humility is a grasp of the distance
between us and the stars, yet having the feeling that we're part of the stars.
So humility is a virtue; but timidity is a disease. Timidity is an affliction.
It can be cured, but it is a problem.
5) Be proud but not arrogant. It takes pride to win the day. It takes pride
to build your ambition. It takes pride in community. It takes pride in cause,
in accomplishment. But the key to becoming a good leader is being proud without
being arrogant. In fact I believe the worst kind of arrogance is arrogance
from ignorance. It's when you don't know that you don't know. Now that kind of
arrogance is intolerable. If someone is smart and arrogant, we can tolerate
that. But if someone is ignorant and arrogant, that's just too much to take.
6) Develop humor without folly. That's important for a leader. In leadership,
we learn that it's okay to be witty, but not silly. It's okay to be fun, but
not foolish.

Lastly, deal in realities. Deal in truth. Save yourself the agony. Just
accept life like it is. Life is unique. Some people call it tragic, but I'd like to
think it's unique. The whole drama of life is unique. It's fascinating. And
I've found that the skills that work well for one leader may not work at all
for another. But the fundamental skills of leadership can be adapted to work
well for just about everyone: at work, in the community, and at home.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn



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