Every now and then I like to take a quote and look at what it really means in our lives, our businesses, and our quest to be more effective leaders. Quotes can be valuable tools for us to think about things differently. Recently, I came across a quote from Thomas Jefferson and thought it would make for a good discussion. “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
As I think about some of the best leaders I’ve worked with, they’ve been followers of this way of thinking. One of the challenges we all face is change, even when it’s clear that it’s necessary. We wish others around us would change, but fail to see that if we change first, it can often start the movement we are looking for. Almost everyone is familiar with the old adage that doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. Similarly, we may know a lot of people that have been operating this way their entire lives. We may even meet that person in the mirror.