“In the years since, I’ve come to believe that there are two approaches to life. The first, followed by most, the the “paint by numbers kit” approach to life. You do what other people say. You follow a well-travelled path. You stay within the lines. And you end up with a nice, pretty – and unimaginative – picture. The second, followed by few, is to start with a blank canvas and try to paint a masterpiece. It is a riskier path, a harder path, a path filled with ambiguity and creative choice. But it is the only way to make your life itself a creative work of art.” – Jim Collins (Foreword to the book “The Highest Goal: The Secret that Sustains You in Every Moment“, by Michael Ray)
It’s surprising how many leaders ‘play it safe’. As leaders we should be taking risks, pushing the boundaries and challenging paradigms.
Since when has ‘safety’ been the gold standard for leaders? Never! Many fall into the trap of remaining “within the lines”. They remain “within the lines” of their peers expectations, the remain “within the lines” of their ‘job descriptions’, they “remain within the lines” of their existing skills and “they remain within the lines” of their industry. How about you? Are you actively redefining your life as a creative work of art?