I recently watched two Masterclass episodes on Leadership and Resilience from Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, respectively. I respect their time and resources put into creating good work for ordinary viewers like me to watch and enjoy.
Regardless of what you think of them politically or even personally, both Bill and Hillary Clinton have much to offer regarding their advice on resilience and leadership. Both gone thru ups and downs both privately and very publicly. It’s something that I can watch for my self-development and overall enjoyment.
Bill’s Masterclass talked about inclusive leadership. And he is a great orator in that he tells great stories to drive home his examples. He mentioned a time when he had to negotiate with North Korea to get two imprisoned American journalists out of the country. He gave personal examples of when a Republican congressman called him a “spoiled brat” on national television.
He drove home a lot of different points to make us realize that people are human. That there will be ups and downs. That leadership is not a one-size-fits all policy. And that sometimes, it’s important to listen and keep an open perspective on things. Leaders are not born. Leaders are made.
Hillary shared her story and even took the courage to share her would-be acceptance speech for the public to hear. She talked about some of her public defeats and how she triumphed through adversity and how we all will go thru rough times in general. It’s important that we stay resilient in those dark times and look into the future with renewed optimism.
This new year of 2022 is a chance for me to pursue my goals and look at life with a new lens. To kindly sweep away the old me and rejuvenate myself with new friends, new goals, and new pursuits. To try to continuously make the world a better place thru my actions and words. This New Year, as we turn the page, is a great opportunity for us to start afresh.
That’s what I’m trying to do. To put the vulnerable past behind me, and move on to bigger and better things that I can focus my time towards. My friends. My family. My job. My hobbies. My purpose. Things that are greater than simply little old me. Things that can help make the world just a little more bearable. With a little less suffering.
Whatever your goal or your purpose is, pursue that without a doubt. Know that it is a cause worthy of striving for. And look at life as something that is half-full rather than half-empty. One thing that I sense from public leaders is that they always look at life with hope and positivity and optimism. It seems like they always have a can-do attitude that helps them give back and leave the world a better place.
Optimism is an important trait and it’s important to surround yourself with positive people that are there to support you and help you out thru thick and thin. To make sure that you are in the right mindset. I think that’s something that I want to prioritize this new year. To surround myself with positivity and open-mindedness.
I am thankful to have a positive network of friends and family members that I can tap into. That can help me look at life with an open mind and a positive attitude. To know that there is always hope and gratitude around the corner if you look hard enough. Even when you’re struggling mentally or physically, know that the sun will come up tomorrow. And that chances are, there are brighter days ahead.
Know that you are not alone in your journey. That there are people out there that want you to succeed. To accomplish great things. To instill confidence within yourself. I think I am on the right path. And watching Masterclasses from Bill and Hillary Clinton are good steps in my self-development - regardless of how you view them politically.
It gives my life a sense of purpose. Of wanting to do big things that can leave a positive impact on my stakeholders. To lead with purpose. To be a good human being that gives back to the community. To live a joyful and fulfilling life. I think those are all goals and traits to strive for. So, I’d like to thank Masterclass for bringing me these important lessons for me to distill and draw upon.
To hopefully take some of these words from these world leaders and put them into action into my own life. So, that I too can lead life with my own unique perspective and draw my own conclusions. That I can lead life with hope and optimism. That I can become a competent leader for myself and for the potential people that work for me. That I can do big things that leave a lasting and positive impact for others. And that I can live a peaceful, joyful, and fulfilling life pursuing the things that I want to pursue.