A Brief Reflection On Walking Uphill.
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|Most people prefer to go to the beach instead of the mountains on their holidays, because walking uphill reminds them that there is nothing like a free lunch, even for a nice view.
However, if you dare to climb, you will find what others can't even imagine, and you will be reminded that it is not the cost that counts, but the reward.
The views on the seashore can be as spectacular as from the peak of a mountain; different indeed, but beautiful nevertheless, so why there would be a bigger reward in the mountains? Feeling satisfied with what you have is something desirable, isn't it?
Sometimes, perhaps that is the case, but not if that argument is used to hide conformism; going uphill to the mountains implies that you want something else. You are not satisfied with your view at ground level, so you go to the top. By the sea that would imply that while the beach is nice, you would like to swim or sail to an island, that you would like to surf the waves or learn to man a yacht. It means that you want more and are willing to do something about that.
Of course, there are people overly ambitious who would do anything to attempt to satisfy their greed, but such individuals would deserve an entirely different treatment. Nevertheless, in their madness they have something that has been taken out of context and grew to unhealthy proportions like a tumor, but that was positive at some point in their lives: They were willing to do something to get what they wanted.
Of course, there are people overly ambitious who would do anything to attempt to satisfy their greed, but such individuals would deserve an entirely different treatment. Nevertheless, in their madness they have something that has been taken out of context and grew to unhealthy proportions, like a tumor, but that was positive at some point in their lives: They were willing to do something to get what they wanted.
The existence of greed is a fact, but it is often misused as an argument to justify conformism, either self-imposed or imposed by others. Leaders should never feel contended, but first of all, with their own performance and conduct. Leadership implies striving for more and better, and also for generosity because a leader truthful to nature does things for the greater good and not his own. Of course, it would be candid to expect complete self-sacrifice from leaders of all and any stature, and good leadership does deserve a reward, but always, good leadership implies that the produce is transcendental, meaning that it goes beyond the person that produces the change.
In other words, the results of what a leader does always exceed his or her own sphere; if those things are done for the common good and produce not questionable results, then, provided that the spirit is kept those results will always exceed any possible personal reward for the leader.
Leaders always get a reward from what they do, whether they are looking for it or not, because leaders always will feel some sort of consequences for what they do. If those deeds are bad, the consequences are bad, but if the deeds are good, then the rewards will be too.
Sometimes, acting in good faith and correctly goes against the mainstream; sometimes it might get you in trouble, but the reward and recognition will come sooner or later (see Dom Lopo Vaz de Sampaio, Knight, Explorer, and Governor of India) and even it if comes too late for your life, it will still contribute to your image as a leader because leaving something trascendental for posterity, worth remembering for its goodness, is the ultimate goal of any true leader.
So, while you go uphill, possibly taking others with you, always remember to have a good time, to leave others with a good experience, to make everybody enjoy the journey because you will be rewarded, even if you don't ask for anything. And at the very least, your reward will be to know that you are doing good things that produce good for you and for others.
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