Daily Touch of Inspirations

July 13th: A leader leads

Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

One person, on doing well by others, immediately accounts the expected favor in return. Another is not so quick, but still considers the person a debtor and knows the favor. A third kind of person acts as if not conscious of the deed, rather like a vine producing a cluster of grapes without making further demands, like a horse after its race, or a dog after its walk, or a bee after making its hone. Such a person, having done a good deed, won't go shouting from rooftops but simply moves on to the next deed just like the vine produces another bunch of grapes in the right season.— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.6


Have you ever heard someone else repeat one of your ideas as though it were their own? Did you ever notice a younger sibling or relative mimic your behavior, perhaps the way you dress or the music you listen to? Maybe you moved to a new neighborhood and a bunch of hipsters followed. When we are young and inexperienced, we can react negatively to these situations. Stop copying me! I was here first!

As we mature, we start to see them in a different light. We understand that stepping up and helping is a service that leaders provide to the world. It's our duty to do this — in big situations and small ones. If we expect to be leaders, we must see that thankless service comes with the job. We must do what leaders do, because it's what leaders do — not for the credit, not for the thanks, not for the recognition. It's our duty.

 

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living

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