This was an interesting piece of research I picked up today. Not sure of the source but I have heard it quoted before – an amazing 8 out of 10 people have little faith in their leaders. My view is that a leaders life can be a very, very lonely one, an existence often plagued by uncertainty and challenge, particularly in difficult economic times. Those individuals that have the courage to go out and start their own business regularly find themselves with a whole raft of unfamiliar issues to sort out. Ones that no course or workshop could ever train them to deal with.
This gives rise to the whole issue of followership. My recommendation to those who constantly judge their leaders is, give them a bit of space and look at things from their point of view. Many of the successful entrepreneurs I have worked with have benefitted from a close network of colleagues who follow, help and contribute to problem solving they act as a crutch in time of need. The last thing they would ever do is back bite and constantly judged what and how their leader goes about their business, they add value and support forward thinking strategies.
Maybe the 8 out of 10 should try it for themselves and see how it feels? Growth can be a lonely ride.
I read this book just after Christmas last year and I keep going back to it in search of wisdom and insight for the entrepreneurs I deal with. The book teaches us how clarity of purpose and setting clear intentions opens us up to the world of new opportunities and how the law of attraction delivers us what we want. In many respects The Secret can be summed up in Goethe’s famous quote:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now”
In my opinion The Secret can give false hope to those who don’t appreciate or embrace one extremely simple principle – life rewards people who take action. Whilst I believe the book is a source of great inspiration, my research clearly shows that successful people have an extremely strong work ethic, whilst believing they can can achieve what they set their minds to, practice, practice, practice is essential and must follow the dreaming. If we combine the teachings of The Secret with that of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers theory – of the”10,000-Hour Rule” then I think a formula for accelerated performance can be derived. The rule claims that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours. Fusing this thinking with the need for deeply rooted personal intentions delivers a potent mix for getting what you want.