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5 Ways to Dig Your Own Well

Your most powerful contributions are the answers you’ve found for yourself.

A struggle answered is purpose found.

Profundity is relative:

What’s simple to you is profound to others. You’ve grown bored with the profound lessons in your past.

Remember how excited you were to see the power of letting others talk, rather than controlling? Perhaps it’s a ho-hum habit today. But someone needs your profound insight.

Don’t let yesterday’s insight fade in light of today’s new challenge.

Fresh for others:

The water you found yesterday is only stale to you. “Old” insights are water thirsty people need.

The need for fresh insight, like thirst, always returns.

You need fresh water, but yesterday’s water is fresh for someone else. Your story is water. Don’t hesitate to pour it out again.

10 questions to dig wells for others:

Dig into your story to find water for others.

  1. How are you moving toward authenticity?
  2. How are you answering loneliness?
  3. What makes you feel useful and fulfilled?
  4. How are you finding energy?
  5. How are you facing uncertainty?
  6. How are you strengthening relationships?
  7. How are you learning from others?
  8. How are you staying focused?
  9. How are you finding and expressing boldness?
  10. How are you having fun?

Deep usefulness to others often comes in casual ways as you reveal your story.

5 ways to dig your own well:

  1. Develop a development plan. One of the great challenges of leadership is taking time to develop yourself.
  2. Stop trying to know so damn much. Hang with people who know more than you. 
  3. Read and reflect.
  4. Take on new challenges.
  5. Teach someone to do what’s old hat to you.

There are no final answers to the deep questions of leadership. Keep finding fresh water.

How might leaders dig their own wells?

How might leaders share insights without being know-it-alls?

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