Let’s get down to brass tacks…
Some people like to think there are 4-6 different kinds of people, but when it all boils down to the roots there’s really only 2 types. Leaders and followers. As you read this you might find out that you are not quite on the path you would like to be on. Maybe you didn’t realize that there was an alternative? I’ve known people who have worked a typical 9-5 or factory based job their entire lives. These people never once attempted to step outside of the box. They may have had dreams, but never acted on them. Now this doesn’t mean they’re a lesser person or that they are not capable of extraordinary things. However, don’t you think it’s funny how this particular type of person is the first to shout complaints and excuses as to why they didn’t get the things they wanted in life?
Don’t get me wrong, some people just flat out enjoy that kind of life. They wake up, go to work, go home, eat dinner, watch tv, and go to bed everyday. They feel comfortable doing that. The problem with comfort is that it limits your ability to grow. People have different levels of comfort. You might find comfort in meeting new people whereas I may be a recluse, and if I never saw another person in my life it would be to soon. But it’s not the level of comfort that matters. You will grow to the extent of how uncomfortable you are willing to get.
SO, THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE.
It all boils down to leaders and followers, plain and simple. There’s plenty of other types of people out there, but if you dissect a person down to the core they’re either a leader, or a follower. Some people are natural leaders and others are natural followers. Which one are you?
Now, it’s very possible to change your way of life and become any type of person you want to be. You see it all the time. People will go 3/4th of their life and finally get tired of living by the commands of others. They get tired of the idea of minimum wages, and limited salaries. So they decide to take action and do whatever it takes. Because that’s what leaders do. They do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. Alternatively on occasion you see people who get tired of being the boss and they find that they enjoy life better by going through the typical 9-5 type life. They like to simply go into work, get told what to do, do it, then go home. It all depends on your goals and how you find your enjoyment. Personally I think people tend to naturally want more for their lives. We all want to be leaders to a certain extent but I think the challenge for most people is that they either feel they’re not realistically ever going to achieve the life they want so they don’t try, or they simply just don’t know how to do it. If you are reading this blog or similar blogs you are obviously wanting to learn more about yourself, and you’re probably looking for “secretes to success”.
The best thing for you to do at this point is truly understand who YOU are. Are you a natural leader, or a natural follower? Be honest with yourself. It’s not bad to be a follower if that’s how you enjoy life. However, if you desire the life of leadership it’s going to take some guts. You have to be willing to take a few risks, and most importantly you have to be willing to get a little uncomfortable, because it’s only in the un-comfort zone that you will see your greatest growth and improvement.
So if you dig a little deeper on the side of leadership. You will find Thought Leaders, and Made Leaders. The difference is that one is a natural born leader, and the other is someone who is molded into a leader over time. It’s been said that about 10 out of 100 people are leaders, but only 1 out of the 10 is a true Thought Leader. The other 90 are followers.
- Thought Leaders – Are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success.
- Made Leaders – Given the right environment, opportunities, and tools. These types of leaders can be developed over time.
SO, WHO ARE YOU WITH, THE LEADERS, OR FOLLOWERS?
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