Dr. Myles Munroe was a global legend, inspiring people all around the world with messages of hope, love, vision, spirit and power. It was with sadness that I read about his passing in a recent plane crash. Everyone on board was killed in the accident, which was both untimely and unfortunate.
Dr. Munroe wasn’t just a man of God, he was a man of wisdom, giving the kind of advice that anyone could appreciate, even if you don’t go to church. Right before his tragic passing, Dr. Munroe happened to make an appearance that almost seemed prophetic in nature. This video below is intriguing to me because Dr. Munroe explains what it truly means to be great, and what it means to be a leader.
According to Dr. Munroe, true leadership is measured not by what you have in front of you, but by what you leave behind. He says that your objective as the leader of any organization should be to “work yourself out of a job,” and to mentor those behind you to take over when you’re gone. I personally appreciated the message because it is a reminder to both myself and “my fellow runaway slaves” (i.e. you) who are leaving the corporate plantation to create their own organizations. It reminds all of us that a) you’re not going to live forever, and b) you should measure your impact in life by what happens after you’ve left this earth.
The Financial Juneteenth lesson here is to think bigger than the number of hours you put into work every day or the value of your material acquisitions. Working hard is very important, but if you run your life and business as if you’re going to live forever, then all of your hard work dies with you. Also, the ability and willingness to live for something greater than yourself is an important attribute for anyone who wants to create a better life for the next generation. The things you and I talk about on this blog aren’t meant to be applied today only….they are meant to help us all plant seeds for our great-great grandchildren so that they won’t have to deal with the same oppression that many of us have endured in our own lifetimes.
Watch the video above, and enjoy, this man’s words will impress and amaze you. RIP Dr. Munroe, you’ve left us something special.
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