Someone asked me a profound question today. It was a question I was sure I knew the answer to right away, but the details begin to unfold the more I allowed myself to sink into the question.
“What do you want to be known for?”
My initial response was, “I want to be known for being me, authentically being me.”
I have experienced life in the metaphorical box where I marked and calculated every move to try to be “brand approved.”
Early on, I created myself with the thought that I needed to be someone different than who I really was to please others and achieve their vision of who I thought I “should” be.
I choose not to fit myself in someone else’s box of what they think I should or shouldn’t be as a human being and as a leader.
The initial response of, “I want to be known for being me,” was accurate. However, there is more that I want to be known for as a leader.
Additionally, I want to be known as…
- A guide who elevates people to be their best selves.
- A leader who challenges people to achieve more than they ever thought possible.
- A mind that dreams bigger than people think is realistic.
- Creativity that makes people scratch their heads perplexed and say, “Hmmmm.”
- Being an individual that helps others recognize their purpose and inspires them to believe they can make a difference.
- A developer and coach of the world’s top talent.
- A leader who breeds creativity, empowerment, and innovation amongst followers.
- One who creates an environment where people feel respected, want to work hard, and feel comfortable to be themselves.
- I want to challenge people to move out of their own way to fulfill their maximum potential…their purpose.
- I want to be known for my tenacity, resiliency, and ability to relate to almost anyone that I come into contact with because of my background and my story.
- A hard worker who always gives 110%, even when there may be nothing else to give.
- The individual that always believes where there is “a will, there is a way.”
- The visionary who is able to connect strategy, mission, and purpose to achieve results.
- The coach who helps people accurately diagnose and create a plan of action that yields more than they ever knew they were capable of achieving.
- The leader who lives by the motto, “Be the leader you would follow.”
- A fellow human being who walks and experiences the journey alongside each one of you.