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3 Imperatives For the Leader Desiring to Change the Norm

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imperativesOn a lazy Friday afternoon (my day off), I watched the semi-old movie Patch Adams. I loved many things about the movie (have seen it several times before) but on this viewing the most impactful part were the words on the screen at the end of the movie…

“Currently there is a waiting list of over 1000 physicians who are willing to leave their practices to join Patch.”

#1 Be willing to work the hardest

Patch was was one of the top on his class. He loved learning and earned the respect of his colleagues by is eagerness to learn his field. We can’t accomplish a thing without working hard. Good luck comes to those that work hard. Patch understood that. We have to as well. If you’re a leader, you gotta work!

#2 Never allow the “Norm” to change your passion

Patch’s piers and those in authority saw him as a “threat” to the medical field because of his unorthodox methods of really loving and genuinely caring for those he touched. Patch didn’t let that stop him. He was willing to work hard and exercise his passion regardless. Don’t let the talkers around you stop you from not being “normal.” Do what God has called you to do… what He’s put inside of you!

#3 Don’t stop no matter what

When Patch as about to graduate, the Dean denied his license and was not going to allow him to graduate. But, he went to the Medical board to appeal his case, not for the position, but because his passion. Problems are going to come if you’re leading toward something good. Don’t let the problems derail you. Nothing good comes without pain. Don’t let it stop you, leader!

Categories: Church Leadership, Following God, Leadership, Perseverance


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