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The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
-- Kenneth Blanchard


Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Are you sure?

How many times have you failed to ask for something because you were sure the answer would be no? How many things have you decided not to attempt because you were sure they could not be done?

What makes you so sure? Could you be so sure about what you already know, and what you assume to be true, that your certainty is holding you back?

If you’re sure it can’t be done, you’re likely to be proved wrong by someone who is not limited by that negative certainty, by someone who doesn’t know it can’t be done. Those who are sure it can’t be done will stop looking for ways to get it done. Those who don’t know it can’t be done will continue exploring new approaches until they find one that works.

If you’re sure it can’t be done, take up the challenge to prove yourself wrong. How do you really know for sure unless you make the attempt? When one door closes, look for another one to open. Instead of being so sure it can’t be done, find a way to make it happen.

— Ralph Marston

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