Successful leaders are the modern day hunters. Every goal and aspiration is a planned hunt to capture the elusive prey. The prey I refer to is the animal that lies in all of us. The animal we all call adversity. Adversity can quietly enter our camp and destroy our map to success.
I have witnessed many leaders over the years with exceptional raw talent. They were on the hunt to victory. Then, before they could master their new frontier, adversity attacked their base of operations. They started spending more time discussing how adversity developed than solving the problems adversity created.
We should teach people of all ages to think and plan. Planning is what helps a child deal with the unfamiliar. They will make better decisions for their goals and success. They will learn to avoid dangerous pitfalls in their “wilderness”.
Many of the young people I see starting their careers are not equipped to handle the unfamiliar and unknown. We, the experienced hunters, should mentor them in how to blaze a trail in life. Teach them to embrace adversity as an opportunity to learn. They will learn to move quietly through adversity by seeing the light in the forest of success.
A visionary is a hunter who can see the future, trap adversity,
and track the path to achievement.
As parents, we can teach our children to live with adversity. Then instead of leaving home, they will find their way home. We as mentors need to stop worrying about our survival. We need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves because we chose the wrong path and were lost for a while. Do not panic; you will survive. Whether they are nine or ninety, look for that lost child. Be a skilled hunter and show them the way home.
In my life, there have been times when I felt lost and off the path. I never gave up my focus on my goals and dreams. Sure, I have had setbacks, but my energy and desire to achieve served as my compass to navigate the forest of adversity. Today, those of us who have mapped the tough lands and hunted the crafty challenges are guides for the others.
We have a responsibility as guides to prepare those we take on the hunt. They need to be prepared for the rough weather of goal setting. They should understand that the road to success is filled with adversity and self-doubt. On the hunt, they learn to make sacrifices in order to meet the hardship of challenge. Above all, we the guides, remind them that with the end of each hunt, another hunt has just begun.