A story is told of American painter John Sargent who once painted a panel of roses that was highly praised by his critics. It was a small picture, but it approached perfection. Although offered a high price for it on many occasions, Sargent refused to sell it.
He considered it his best work and was very proud of it. Whenever he was deeply discouraged and doubtful of his abilities as an artist, he would look at it and remind himself, “I painted that.” Then his confidence and ability would come back to him.
All leaders face times of discouragement and challenge. The secret to overcoming is to realize that “this too shall pass,” and to remember that your greatest work in the past is no match for the great things in your future!
© 2012 Doug Dickerson
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