The diligent nature of a leader

A leader is always at the front. As the day comes, he gets up the earliest. As others go to sleep, he is awake thinking. He is the hardest working person among all. He never stops.

Those who admire the achievements of leaders, be it wealth, fame, or exciting products, forget the simple fact: None of these comes easy. There may be people who find fast way of accumulating wealth by speculating. There may be people who gain fame by sheer luck or notorious act of crime. But these people fade quickly. What last are those true leaders who keep growing their wealth and increasing their reach. Behind such people’s achievements are constant innovation, unyielding attention and countless hours of wrangling. Thus their achievement captures our imagination, simply because it is very hard to duplicate their efforts and devotion. As Steve Jobs, “It is really hard. It’s a lot of hard work and it’s a lot of worrying, constantly.”

A leaders work longer hours than anyone else. Such long hours are not necessarily in the office. It is in all the activities he does and all the thinking he does.

Diligence is both mental and physical. A leader thinks far ahead and creates unassailable position to win.

Here are Steve Jobs’ words at All Things Digital (D5) in 2007, in response to an audience’s question:

“People say: You have to have a lot of passion for what you’re doing. It’s totally true. The reason is that it’s so hard that any rational person would give up if he doesn’t have passion. It’s really hard. You have to do it over a sustained period of time.

If you don’t love it, you’re not having fun doing it. If you don’t really love it, you’re going to give up. That’s what happens to most people, actually.

If you look at the ones that ended up being “successful” in the eyes of society and the ones who didn’t, often times it’s the ones that are successful love what they did so they could persevere when it got really tough. The ones that didn’t love it, quit.  Cause they’re sane, right? Who would want to put up with this stuff if they don’t love it?

It’s a lot of hard work and it’s a lot of worrying, constantly.

If you don’t love it, you’re gonna fail. So, you’ve to love it, you’ve got to have passion.”

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