Morning Cup of Joe – Accepting Challenges

Don’t ever turn down a challenge. One summer while I was conducting leadership trainings for a Summer Youth Leadership Internship program, one of the organization’s senior leaders suddenly walks in and says “I need a volunteer”. Without hesitation, one of my star interns raised his hand having no clue of the challenge at hand but he accepted anyway. She didn’t tell him what she wanted done before asking for a volunteer but he did it anyway. That’s what winners do; we accept challenges without the specific knowledge of the task at hand yet are confident that we can execute it to the best of our abilities.

About a half-hour had passed before he quietly eased his way back into the large conference room. Once he returned from his secret mission, our entire group was eager to hear about what she had asked of him. Before he could answer that question, I asked him a different one. I asked him, “why did you say yes to something with without the specific knowledge of the details?” His reply made complete sense. He said “I accepted because I figured whatever she was going to ask me to do, she clearly felt that one of us had the capabilities of doing it”. And I thought, Bingo!

Accepting a challenge even if you don’t know the specifics is essential to your growth as an individual and as a leader. By accepting new challenges you are able to learn new skills and strengthen your abilities overall. Never turn down an offer to be better. Learn to recognize the life lessons that are learned through accepting challenges and learning as you go. I challenge you to start saying “Yes” to opportunities that increase your overall value.

Do you accept this challenge?

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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