Leaders are important. We look up to them. Most of the time, we hold them in high esteem. And we expect great things from them. We think they have their act together.
Recently, I’ve heard a few big name CEO’s speak who readily admit that most of the time, they don’t know what they are doing. They have lots of ideas and try lots of things. Some work. Some don’t. Some are huge disasters. But they keep trying. They keep pressing on with passion to find ways to get better and help others. But most of the time, they still feel like they don’t know what they are doing. These are my favorite kinds of leaders! Leaders that will be humble enough to admit that they don’t have all the answers. That they screw up just like the rest of us. And that this is all OK!
When I heard this from one of the leaders, it made me feel a lot better about myself. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well and not screw up. But most of the time in life, I feel like I really don’t have a fat clue of what I am doing. Taking care of the house. Being a wife. Being a parent. At work. With friends. In all areas of life! Most of the time, I feel like I’m just making everything up!
But that’s just it! We are all just making things up! We all go through life trying out things and ideas. None of us has the official master plan of what life is supposed to look like. It’s different for every single one of us. We just keep trying.
Sometimes things will work. Sometimes they won’t. Some days will be great. Others will be disasters. But we keep going. And it’s OK to feel like you do not know what you are doing!