I’ve made an attempt at using one of John’s Laws to introduce you to the folks that will be joining him as speakers at the 2017 LIVE2LEAD event. This message is no different, but I will say that I don’t think I’ve ever used this law for any other message. But this story is special!
In chapter 18 of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The Law of Sacrifice, John uses the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to paint a detailed picture of how leadership REQUIRES sacrifice. He says “There is a common misconception among people who aren’t leaders that leadership is all about the position, perks, and power that come from rising in an organization… But the reality is that leadership requires sacrifice.”
The third speaker joining John for this year’s LIVE2LEAD event is former NFL star Warrick Dunn. After a remarkable career, winning numerous awards in college and professional football, many could view Dunn as having had an easy path in life due to his amazing talent. While he certainly had plenty of natural ability, his road to this success was paved with anything but gold. Just 2 days before his 18th birthday, his mother was killed in an armed robbery while working her second job as a security guard. Being the oldest of 6 siblings, and with no father-figure in the picture, he became the head of household. Even with this enormous responsibility, he had a great college football (and track & field) career, was drafted to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and earned the Rookie of the Year award. During his first year of professional football, he established a charity that partnered with other organizations to help single-parent families get homes of their own. Since 1997, this organization has touched more than 150 families. The 61st family was that of DeShaun Watson, who recently led Clemson University’s football team to a national championship!
In the section of The Law of Sacrifice called “Leaders Are Often Asked To Give Up More Than Others,” John quotes Gerald Brooks as saying “When you become a leader, you lose the right to think about yourself.” Sometimes we have to work hard to earn leadership. But at times, like in the case of Warrick Dunn, leadership can become our responsibility whether we’re prepared for it or not. Would you be ready for that kind of challenge if you were tasked with it tomorrow? Are you working to prepare yourself? It’s ALWAYS easier to prepare beforehand!
Have a great weekend!