Diana Nyad’s perseverance

90mi to Cuba marker at the so called southernm...

90mi to Cuba marker at the so called southernmost point of the continental United States, in Key West, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think we all could use a “feel good” story of perseverance and hard work every now and then.  Reading these types of stories helps to motivate us and gives us hope that good things come through commitment, dedication, hard work and perseverance.Well, Diana Nyad certainly provided one such story for us this week.  And although I’m sure you’ve heard all about her amazing accomplishment, this is one story I could not let pass by.  If you don’t know the details, here are some:

Nyad swam from Cuba to the United States.  The swim covered 110 miles and took nearly 53 hours to complete.  Oh, did I mention that Diana Nyad is 64 years old!  That is pretty amazing stuff.  But think about this for perserverance – Nyad has had the goal of completing this swim for a long time.  She first attempted this swim back in 1978 and failed four times before last week.  But she never gave up on her dream and her perserverance paid off when she walked onto the beach at Key West.

As leaders, we will be faced with our share of adversity.  The challenges of leadership never seem to end.  Diana Nyad’s mantra for this journey, her fifth attempt at swimming 110 miles, was “find a way.”  That may be something we need to carry with us as we lead our organizations.  There are times we will feel defeated, times we will want to give up, times we will think we can’t win.  But then we can think of Nyad’s accomplishment and how after 35 years of trying, she achieved her goal.  We can remind ourselves to “find a way” to overcome the challenges and succeed in the end.  It won’t always be easy.  In fact it will often be downright difficult.  But if we commit to finding a way, we will achieve our biggest goals and dreams in the end.

Thanks for reading,
Jim

Ways to follow Dr. Jim Earle:
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Book – 100 Yards of Success: Leadership Lessons from College Football, http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=9781625107312

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