Having a beginners attitude is a difference maker for great leaders. They approach life with curiosity, questions, intrigue. They believe anything is possible. They’re not afraid to try new things. Their interest in learning and exploring is genuine, and it sends a strong signal to others who have a passion for innovation and invention, acting like a magnet. These are the leaders that attract the best and brightest talent.
Real leaders are always preparing. They are in constant “getting ready” mode. They are always “on their way”, having not yet arrived, and as far as they’re concerned they never will. In fact they believe if they finally do arrive it’s game over. They never settle. They never check the “all done” box. Real leaders are constantly looking for new challenges, new problems to solve, and new roles that push them out of their comfort zone – because that’s where the learning happens.
Nothing worth while in life happens without risk. No home run has ever been hit without taking a swing. The light bulb wouldn’t be here if Edison didn’t take a risk, both financially and scientifically. Great leaders are comfortable with taking risk. These risk-takers are not careless. Far from it. Rather they are prepared for it. They believe in themselves, the skills they’ve developed, and their intuition. They are comfortable with being uncomfortable.
So when someone offers you an opportunity do something different, think about it. Push yourself to get comfortable outside of your comfort zone. Don’t shy away from a challenge. It’s far more risky to remain static than it is to change. Don’t settle. Be curious.