“Be a Leader, Not a Follower,” is something I have tried to pour into my daughters’ lives. For obvious reasons, I have taught them this, so they would not get mixed up with the wrong people, but also because they will never be great or successful, if they ride the coattails of other people. Albert Einstein said it perfectly:
To be successful in business and more importantly in life, you need to be a leader, even if that means walking alone at times. It is not easy, but a life of mediocrity and following the status quo is far worse! Or a life in pursuit of financial gain or power will leave you empty inside in the end. There is another benefit to walking alone and that is being a person of integrity and truth who not only knows what is right and wrong but also does it. We have strenuously taught our children to always stand up for what is right which is impossible when you are a mindless follower!
Edmund Burke once said,
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
It was Hamburg, 1936; during the celebration for the launch of a ship. In the crowd, one person refused to raise his arm to give the Nazi salute. The man was August Landmesser, seen in this photo which was published in a German newspaper in 1991. It is a truly polarizing image to see the courage and boldness of one person, who refused to participate in what he did not believe in.
I hope to never be in the same extreme situation as this man was, but every day I do face decisions at work or with friends where I need to decide whether I will participate in what I know is wrong in order to fit in or will I be a person of integrity who will stand up for what is right? Compromise is a slippery slope, once you make an exception to violate your beliefs the next time will be that much easier to fail to make the right decision. Integrity is everything!
What will you choose?
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