About a week ago I attended the Global Leadership Summit at Willow Creek. As a compilation of some of the best, most innovative minds in business and the Church, I loved it!
One of my favorite speakers was Jack Welch. I had no idea who he was until his interview with Bill Hybels. I came to find out he was the CEO of GE and is a fascinating case study in leadership theory and practice. He’s also one spitfire of an old man.
When asked what advice he would give to young leaders, Jack said this: “Go. Act. Do it. And move faster.” He said no one gets to the end of their life wishing they had waited longer to do anything. “Nope, no you don’t,” Jack said.
With a long and impressive list of accomplishments to his name, Jack expressed a desire to have done more earlier; to have moved faster.
Even at the age of 23, this advice terrifies me.
I also just finished the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. In it he quotes Goethe who writes this:
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”
You have two options, Pressfield says. “Do it or don’t do it.” There is no in between.
Why? I think because there is no room for excuses. Everyone can do something. Everyone has a dream. That crazy, far-fetched idea you can’t imagine actually pursuing. And any excuse, whether age, timing, skill, money, location, blah blah blah, puts you in the “didn’t do it” category. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to end up there.
And just to add some more fuel to the fire, Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes also spoke at the Global Leadership Summit. He asked us the question: “What’s your idea that will change the world?”
So in conclusion, find an idea that will change the world (for example: giving shoes to kids who don’t have any) and then do it. Now. Change the world. Faster than you’re thinking you should or you could. There’s unspeakable power, even magic, in that kind of boldness.
Blake was definitely the youngest and arguably most popular speaker at the summit after all…