Great Leaders Change the Game
Posted by Orrin Woodward on May 29, 2013
The best leaders change the rules of the game; consequently, changing the game itself. So many think it takes money to make money, but that isn’t the case. In reality, what it takes are ideas disciplined by knowledge, experience, and leadership. My high school wrestling coaches taught me a fundamental principle of life – never wrestle another person’s game. In other words, if I wrestled someone who was good at the single-leg takedown, I would quickly tie him up and beat him with a bear-hug. The key, then, is to find your strengths and make the competitors wrestle your game.
For instance, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos changed the rules of book-selling by going to an internet-only model, eschewing stores, massive overhead, etc. This radically changed the rules of the game, giving Bezos a major competitive advantage over his competitors. Despite not having the same level of upfront capital, profits, or experience, Amazon changed the nature of the book business, satisifying millions of customers and making Bezos wealthy. Interestingly, it was just an idea – a metaphysical concept – that Bezos had the courage of his convictions to pursue that changed everything in the book field.
Since everyone reading this has a brain capable of ideas, the question is: do you have the courage to use it to outthink, outwork, and out-lead the competition? If you do, then you will be a champion of champions. In essence, there are two roads before you. One is a path of leadership and building the path to your dreams. The second is a path of non-leadership and surrendering your dreams for the bread crumbs of life.
LIFE Leadership teaches people how to take the first road. Leadership isn’t easy and I will never say it is, but then again struggling everyday from the effects of non-leadership is much more difficult longterm. The leadership road has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, revealing me to me, and teaching me where I need to grow and change. I have never regretted the journey nor will you if you have the courage to finish what you start. 🙂