Do you believe in miracles? I do! I witnessed one this past weekend in Atlanta. My nephew, Brett Douglas got married to a beautiful woman named Diana. Brett almost did not make to the aisle. The day after Christmas last year, Brett went into the hospital and almost died. In fact, we were told Brett probably would not make it. Brett suffered from pneumonia and his body literally shut down. He was in intensive care for a long time and required multiple surgeries. Brett had several muscles and nerves removed from his leg and was told he would not be able to walk without support.
During his long ordeal, he never complained or asked, Why me? Brett was determined to make a life for himself and would not give into his physical disabilities. He was determined to walk, dance and play sports again with a passion. He has worked tirelessly during his rehabilitation and he still has a way to go.
Well, miracles do happen. Brett walked down the wedding aisle without support on Saturday. It was due to his energy, work ethic and the grace of God that he was able to do it. Brett was on his feet most of the night and danced until the wee hours of the morning. Brett gave a beautiful, heart felt toast to his bride and told the audience that he felt fortunate to have gone through what did. The ordeal strengthened him and helped him to see what is really important in life.
What does my nephew’s story teach us about leadership?
Leadership is all about taking responsibility for your actions and moving forward with vision, integrity and passion. Brett did not complain, or feel sorry for himself because of his predicament. Brett took full responsibility for his lifestyle and actions that caused his body to completely shut down. Brett, positively moved forward, change his lifestyle and actions and has become an even better person. He pushed himself to exhaustion and was always focused on his mission. What courage!
At times, I hear leaders blame the economy, clients and employees for their business and economic woes. That is a cop out. Leaders need to look into the mirror and take responsibility for their actions and move forward with conviction and integrity.
I am proud to be Brett’s uncle. He is an inspiration to me and others in our family.
Anyone who can measure up to Brett and his wonderful qualities and actions will be successful.
What miracles do you believe in?