Be Kind

Posted on August 7th, 2012 in Perspectives on Leadership by John Jensen



Sorry again about the delay for this post.  Between attending conferences, recovering from vacation, and getting things ready for Whitewater Student Government, I have found myself relatively busy.


For today’s blog post, I return to Conan O’Brien.  Conan is an individual I have brought up in the past, only because I think that Conan offers a couple of instances of pure wisdom.  One thing that I really admire about Conan O’Brien is that he was on top of the world, and he very publicly fell to one of his lowest points.  Yet through all of that he was able to re-gather himself and build his career back up again.  This is one of my favorite quotes from Conan, Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.  I like this quote because of how many different aspects of leadership it touches on.  The first one being that you are not always going to get what you anticipated getting.  We all have goals and we all have dreams, but as Conan said in his commencement speech to Dartmouth, our goals are always changing.  Instead following your passion will allow you to stay on a path but will allow for you to choose different routes to end up in different places.  The 2nd piece is that you should always be kind.  Being kind does not mean being nice to everybody all of the time.  Being kind means that people look to you as being a pure person.  Pure in the sense that you always do what you believe is right, you are never trying to be someone that you are not.  Kind can mean that you care about others, which goes back to servant leadership.  When you are kind to others and you follow your passions, “amazing things will happen.”  You may not end up where you anticipated, but you will end up exactly where you are meant to be in the world.


Until Next Time,

John Jensen

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