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Why Do Leaders Get Out of Bed Everyday?
Volume II, Issue 9
The responses to the question of why leaders get out of bed every day are extensive, diverse and inspirational. Some leave their beds because the pause from taking actions and making decisions is long enough to restore energy. This energy revival in turn helps them to continue addressing important matters associated with the economy, healthcare or education for which there did not appear to be strategies or solutions available the day before. Some exit their bed because the overnight rest or the long power nap equips them with new ideas for expanding resources to help others in need, grow their own business or that of others. Yet others take flight from bed because they are anxious to transform a mistake from a previous day into a success for the current day. Leaders also pointed out that moving daily from the comfort of their bed was essential because of the importance of completing personal tasks such as eating, exercising, interacting with family and more. Sustaining leadership can't be accomplished if the focus is solely on others!

In cataloging some of the reasons why leaders get out of their bed, I aligned these with a few quotes from individuals who some of you may know, admire or model aspects of your leadership. The first two are words of wisdom from Walt Disney and Robert Lewis Stevenson who expressed respectively "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." and "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." Forbes Magazine in its quote for this day used a Wolfgang Puck expression "Longevity means that we have to evolve that we have to change and be able to change." I also felt Oprah Winfrey's insights are noteworthy: "Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment" and "Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will ride the bus with you when the limo breaks down."

While the reasons that I get out of bed every day mirror or are similar to those aforementioned, I also use the following in no particular order as motivation:

1. Accept responsibility for striving to make a difference in the lives of others, whether they are family, clients, friends or colleagues

2. Understand that there are limitations of what I can accomplish

3. Remain humble no matter what my successes are and the amount of recognition that I receive

4. Value the efforts of others and build/leverage relationships to help achieve progress

5. Make it practice to personalize my leadership

6. Dress my attitude and focus for the audience with whom I am interacting

7. Never, Never pause too long from being creative, taking risks, interacting with colleagues, expanding knowledge and learning from mistakes

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