By Earl Nightingale
The outstanding leader in any field is societies most valued person. Every organization needs leadership. You do not raise morale, it filters down from the top. People will always reflect the attitude of the leader. Behind every outstanding success is an outstanding leader. This leader works early and late and when not working is thinking and planning.
This leader can go to work almost anywhere he or she chooses. He does not ask for work but shows up and leads the way. He is a specialist and not a jack of all trades. The best way to develop security that lasts a lifetime is to become outstanding at one particular line of work. As long as you are in the top 5% of that industry you’ll always be in demand. You have the world on a string. You are confident and quietly aware of your ability and intimate knowledge of your particular work. She is the homemaker or student who is at the top of the group. They have it made and they and everybody else knows it. Am I now such a person?
The first step is to make one big and important decision. Andrew Carnegie said, “Put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.” Just make sure that you are a vital part of your company. Do more than you’re paid to do. Are you a part of the cargo or a part of the crew? Are you getting credit for more than you’re actually doing? Are you doing less than you could be doing? Any job that is worth doing is worth doing well.
A leader is any person who realizes the importance of becoming a bigger and better person with the passing of very day, week and month. A leader takes the responsibility of his own growth. Maintain a cheerful helpful attitude toward everyone. Why shouldn’t you be cheerful since you know you’ll achieve everything you’ve set your heart upon.
Be a sponge for information that will help you on your way. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll reach your goal but don’t be impatient. Know and have faith that what will come to you will come to you at the right time. Everything operates as a result of law, God’s law that is true and unchanging. Having sown you’ll reap the rich results that come automatically.
Success does not come naturally. It requires the conscious utilization of ourselves in the service of others. We can become whatever we seriously make up our minds to become. Whatever we seriously decide to do is naturally linked to our genetic possibilities. Just pursue your natural aptitude.