Today we will explore the third and final stone in understanding the science of Taking Initiative. In Taking Initiative Part 2, I showed you the full slides to the presentation I did that gives an overview of this Taking Initiative Series. In Taking Initiative Part 4 – Personalised Goals, we talked about the First Stepping Stone and in Taking Initiative Part 6 – Proactive, we talked about the Second Stepping Stone.

This 3 Stone strategy to Taking Initiative is credited to Michael Frese and Doris Fay’s work in PI (Personal Initiative) University of Giessen and University of Amsterdam.

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. ” – Anonymous

This series has only 1 objective‘to make you a serial initiative taker – where Taking Initiative becomes a science that can be mastered.’

The Third and Final Stepping Stone in the Science of Taking Initiative is – Persistence

“Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful.” – Brian Tracy

Disney’s Story

A young man named Walt was fired from his newspaper job. His bosses told him that he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas”. They told him he lacked creativity. He later on started a company which folded up in a short while. He was cheated out of his creation by a major company but this young man had a crazy, never-before-attempted entertainment idea and took his business proposal to over fifty banks. He was turned down by all but the last bank. That young man was Walt Disney. A major success today, the Disney Company went on to purchase ABC who at that time owned the newspaper company that initially fired him.

Walt Disney’s empire clearly showed a man, company and system that was ‘Taking Initiative’ in changing the face of entertainment through animation and characters. However with any idea that shows ‘initiative’, opposition will arise in many forms that will seek to utterly destroy the process of ‘Taking Initiative’.

Until you succeed in ‘Taking Initiative’ you have not taken it. Until you make up your mind to defile the naysayers, ignore the negativity and have a deep conviction about your action to see it through, you won’t have the capacity to Take Initiative.

This is the final stepping stone in the science of ‘Taking Initiative’. If you persist, you will breakthrough. ‘Taking Initiative’ will cost you, but not ‘Taking Initiative’ will cost you more.

Living Peacefully with Lions

I like the story of 13 year old Richard Turere and his invention that ensured Lions and humans can live together peacefully in Kenya. It sums up the 3 Stepping Stones required to master the Science of ‘Taking Initiative.

Watch his story here

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In closing, we touched on 3 Stepping Stones over a 7 Part ‘Taking Initiative’ Series.

Stepping Stone 1 – Personalised Goals

Stepping Stone 2 – Proactive

Stepping Stone 3 – Persistence

Every time you combine these 3 stones, you will automatically be ‘Taking Initiative’.

You can catch the rest of the posts in this series here.

Question: What has worked for you in Taking Initiative?  


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