Inspiration is sourced in Confidence. Confidence is sourced in Strength. Strength is sourced in Character. That is why we say “Strong Character, Inspired World”. It is the basis of what we call Heroic Character Leadership. It is also foundational to what we call The Humanity Factor. Indeed, it what we seek to study and advance in our explorations with leaders.
One of my favorite pieces of thought and writing is..
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
I have it hung in my living room. Here it is in music and video. It speaks to me of true Confidence and matters of Character. In a world of shifting allegiances, expectations and understandings… this thing called character advances our best confidence … at home, school, work, business and community. We, at Epic Engage™, fiercely contend that it is the basis of how we get through and out of any trial or challenge; and in times of triumph and championship alike, it enables us to have the humble confidence of character.
Going forward, it will be our core and brazen focus in building the kind of capacity, creativity and confidence to build peace, passion and prosperity in all arenas of human endeavor.
To that end, we wish you that…
Peace, passion and prosperity.
Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™
Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.
Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:
- a post of 7 perspectives around leadership.
- some thoughts on Purposefulness
- and here… 10 perspectives on loving your work.
PPS (Other Resources)