We’ve all heard so much about Sir Winston Churchill, that his name & legacy are burned into our conscious minds.
Yet, have we really exhausted the deep well of insightful wisdom which this great man left behind for all the successive generations? I’d say ‘not even close.’ There are numerous reasons why I come to this conclusion: One of which is that we do not teach history nearly as well as we used to; another is that not enough people read great books; a third is that we have bought into the self-deception that we have all the knowledge we need to live fruitful, purposeful lives, yet we are still in want of more wheat & farmers’ seeds to germinate in our minds.
So, with the above in mind – I am summing up the table of characteristics of Mr. Churchill’s life that served him so very well [ my thoughts/comments in ( ) ].
I happily point the readers to Appendix A of a really good book that I read over a year ago, ‘Ready, Begin!‘ by Lawrence M. Kryske., from which this information originated. Mr. Kryske did a fantastic job pulling it all together! Get that book on your shelf/in your e-reader 🙂
Focus ( whom wouldn’t benefit from laser instead of flashlight focus?)
Innovation ( producers & creators in society do this. Think: Steve Jobs. )
Perspective ( C + “P” = E )
Simplicity ( Something that every Type C/Melancholy needs to remember-note to self )
Being Proactive ( Habit 1 – Covey )
Open Minded ( NEVER close your mind or eyes to an opportunity! )
Insightful ( mentors and coaches provide )
Adding Value ( Edify. Never subtract from a person via your words. )
Detail Oriented ( See above re: melancholy 😉 )
Big Picture ( Vision – Resolution 4 )
Discernment ( a component of human relations / people skills )
Preparation ( Plant seeds/a tree well before you need a crop/apples! )
Risk Taking ( entrepreneurs do this & America needs many more of them! )
Introspection ( deep thinking v. reacting )
Enthusiasm ( Carnegie & Bettger taught this years ago. Still imperative! )
Generosity ( Serve others 1st. Always. )
Priorities / Timing ( Habit 3 – Covey )
Integrity / Truth ( truth is truth. Know it, live it, and expect it at all times )
Decision Making ( make a decision, don’t ever fear a mistake or failing. )
Judgment ( important for growing personally & leading others )
Empathy ( HUGE importance. )
Accountability ( NEVER ‘pass the buck’, blame shift, or make excuses. )
Boldness ( nail your colors to the mast! )
Tenacity ( A crucial trait for an entrepreneur. )
Resilience ( Another for entrepreneurial minded folks. Never, ever quit. )
Problem Solving ( problem ID’ed —> series of choices –> problem solved. )
Attitude ( Resolution 3 )
Discipline ( Build your internal integrity. Don’t cut yourself slack via excuses. )
Dedication ( Imperative for having long term vision )
Action Oriented ( can’t have all green lights before you move ahead. )
Patience ( crucial element in dealing with others )
Versatility ( grow in all personality types – be Type D, I, S, & C all at once 🙂 )
Involving Others ( Level 4 thinking – interdependent / Habit 6 – Covey )
Impassioned ( ollin – all in!
Flexibility ( very valuable skill. )
In the end, what can be learned from this great leader’s life is nothing short of remarkable. That surely explains the vast number of books & other post mortem recognition he has received. Successful people mirror their lives to those who have results ( define – learn – do ) and one can’t go wrong by using Sir Winston as a role model!