In his book The Next One Up Mindset, mental edge guru Grant Parr shares a quote from Abby Wambach, the longtime superstar forward for the US Women’s National Soccer Team.
Wambach said, “If you’re not going to be a leader on the bench, how can you be a leader on the field.”
Parr goes on to elaborate, that whomever you are and no matter what your role, lead. Don’t wait to be anointed as the team’s star. Don’t wait to be elected team captain.
It’s important to note that this notion has application beyond athletic competition. It’s also sage advice for corporate America, entrepreneurial realms and even those associated with non-profits and social initiatives. It applies to really anyone who has interaction with others.
Whomever you are. Whatever you do. Embrace your role. Take pride in it. Lead others by how you carry yourself and support others. No matter the endeavor this will get you off the figurative bench that much sooner.
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