The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
– Arthur Koestler
The last surviving stage assistant of illusionist Harry Houdini died last week at the age of 103. The Associated Press reported that Dorothy Young was an accomplished dancer who joined Houdini’s company as a teenager after attending an open casting call during a family trip to New York.
Wrong actions based upon faulty assumptions will not only impede your progress but will have negative consequences on the morale of your organization. When actions are based on solid facts you will move forward with the confidence and strength that will see you through tough times.
Wrong thinking leads to wrong beliefs. Houdini’s beliefs were mirrored by his conclusions and actions. As long as he believed he was locked in the cell he worked to free himself. Understand this: leadership requires right thinking, and when it is wrong, your actions will be also.
Richard Whatley said, “Everyone wishes to have truth on his side, but it is not everyone that sincerely wishes to be on the side of truth.” How you see yourself, your business, and the circumstances you face must have its roots based on truth. Until your thinking is right you will be like Houdini trying to escape from an unlocked cell that has no power to hold you back.
Are you locked in by your own thinking?
© 2011 Doug Dickerson