Take it or lead it…

December 1, 2014 |  by  |  Humour, Linkedin Blog

It feels great to chosen doesn’t it?

Whether that’s for the football team, the quiz team or a new job, the social approval massages the ego.

From the moment we’re born, until we leave this mortal coil, someone chooses which school we go to, what college we attend, what job we get, when we’re promoted, the list goes on.

So our lives can easily be reduced to one of being a follower.

Our inner voice, innate creativity and burning inspiration are often subdued by society’s requirement to take orders, stay in line and maintain the status quo.

As Harvard Professor Teresa Amabile says, “Creative, successful, happy people are born twice. First to their mother and second when they break free from the cocoon of conditioning, reclaim their mind and start thinking their own thoughts.”

Fulfillment comes from finding your own voice, and you can only find our own voice by using it.

If you leave your future in someone else’s hands, the chances are that they haven’t got as much planned for you as you’ve got planned for yourself.

In my experience of hiring over 50,000 people, if you don’t pursue your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.

It’s your future. Not someone else’s. So take it, or lead it.

Hat tip: David Taylor


A wife got so mad at her husband that she packed his bags and told him to get out.

As he walked to the door she yelled, “I hope you die a long, slow, painful death.”

He turned around and said, “So now you want me to stay?”

Have a great week.



Sunil Bali

As well as being a recognised authority on personal branding and peak performance, Sunil is a critically acclaimed author and blogger. His corporate experience includes roles as Head of Talent on behalf of Vodafone Group, Santander (UK) and Cable & Wireless Europe. Sunil has also run a multi-million pound recruitment business, and is a Non Executive Director. Sunil’s first degree in Sports Science and Psychology fuelled his passion for the psychology of human achievement and well-being. As well as possessing an MBA, he is a qualified Psychotherapist and Executive Coach. www.sunilbali.com

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