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Three Minute Leadership: Great Leaders Are Entrepreneurs of Life

Author: Michael M. Reuter

     In his article, An Enterprising Spirit, Jim Rohn, author and motivational speaker, speaks about the enterprising person. When we read his words we also see the portrait of great leaders and the characteristics that distinguish and differentiate them from others.

-An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees an new housing development. An Enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.

-To be enterprising is to keep your eyes open and your mind active. Its to be skilled enough, confident enough, creative enough and disciplined enough to seize opportunities that present themselves regardless of the economy. Enterprising people always see the future in the present. Enterprising people always find a way to take advantage of a situation, not be burdened by it. And enterprising people arent lazy. They dont wait for opportunities to come to them, they go after the opportunities. Enterprise means always finding a way to keep yourself actively working toward your ambition.

-Enterprise is two things. The first is creativity. You need creativity to see what out there and to shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little different. You need creativity to take a different approach, to be different. What goes hand-in-hand with the creativity of enterprise is the second requirement: the courage to be creative. You need courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone if you have to, courage to choose activity over inactivity. And lastly, being enterprising doesnt just relate to the ability to make money. Being enterprising also means feeling good enough about yourself, having enough self-worth to want to seek advantages and opportunity that will make a difference in your future.-

To see things differently and not be burdened by perceived limitations, to have the enthusiasm, joy and confidence to go against the crowd, to find great meaning by exploring the opportunities that life and people present to us - this is the stuff of great personal and professional entrepreneurial leadership the stuff of a great life. Let your enterprising spirit fill your life, and may you see cathedrals in piles of stone and then build them.

About Michael M. Reuter

Professor Reuter is the Stillman Schools Director of the Center for Leadership Development at Seton Hall University, the Stillman Schools Honors Program. Over the past 22 years, Professor Reuter has been an executive coach and mentor, and has led and implemented many successful organizational change management initiatives in major corporations. His passion for leadership studies and understanding their operational application is reflected in his work with senior executives He writes a weekly newsletter, Three Minute Leadership, for a broad spectrum of business leaders, students and people he coaches and mentors addressing various topics on the subject of leadership.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Hispanic Advocacy Association (USHAA), and also the Boards Ambassador for Leadership. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for WitnessHOPE and  the Executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Raise Hope Foundation.