A friend of mine called me about advise, tied to their frustrations of running a young, fast growing entrepreneurial company where a good portion of the people around them ‘didn’t get it.’ She ‘wanted them to get it,’ and was going crazy when time after time — they did not.
All of this was beginning to wear on her spirit, and as a Young Global Leader, this person was use to dreaming big and executing even bigger.
I explained to this person that ‘these people may never get it,’ but it was super important that they did. Know what you can control, and more so — what you cannot. And then focus like a laser beam on the things you can ‘move.’ Changing and adapting (and changing out) the rest as time called forth. The message they finally got, wisely, was this: “I needed to learn to Let Go.” Precisely.
This piece, was inspired by those confidential conversation, trying to help a friend not go ‘perfection-nuts’ in the process of growing and building something great. I hope you like the piece. It seems to resonate with a large audience, who is feeling precisely the thing that this brilliant YGL was feeling. More than 10,000 leader-readers on LinkedIn alone thus far, and more than 150 thoughtful comments, and increasing.
You can access the piece, entitled Lessons for Leaders: Learn to Let Go, here at LinkedIn Influencers.
Read it. Share it with friends. And of course, let me know what you think.
John Hope Bryant