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Vail Valley Voices: Take a stand

John Horan-Kates
valleyvoices@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from John Horan-Kates’ book “The Keys of Leading.” Horan-Kates is the executive director of the Vail Leadership Institute. The questions are intended to be answered in journal form.

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”

Abraham Lincoln



This was a president who knew about failure. He lost more elections than he won. He lost more battles in the Civil War than he won. In spite of these and other losses, he stood for the cause, not only of ending slavery but of preserving the Union.

Like Abraham Lincoln, leaders today need a heavy dose of commitment because failure is one of the best teachers. These bumps in the road are simply lessons on the journey.



But when you take a stand for what you believe is right, you are driving a stake in the ground. Perhaps Lincoln was influenced by Martin Luther at the launch of the Reformation in Wittenberg, Germany, when he said, “It is here I stand. I can do no other – so help me God.”

Today’s journal

What is the most important thing you stand for?



Action step

What one thing will you do today about these thoughts ?


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