It’s hard to find a self-help book that can assist someone while in the heat of battle and yet I think I’ve found one. If you’ve ever wanted to become a better leader and learn the step-by-step techniques for breaking down artificial barriers in your family, career, non-profit, agency, school, small business or corporation here is the book for you:
“Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!” By Robert H. Schuller (1983).
Robert dives right in to the meat in this book, as he asks; should you tell others of your hardships, he tells all, and then tells you to put your problems in proper perspective. He gives the reader 12 principles for managing problems and getting to success. For instance he says Do Not Surrender Leadership’ to outside forces, to faces, to farces, to fences, to frustrations, to fears, to fatigue, to faults, to facts, to frenzies, to fate, to forecasts, to foes, to friends or to the fracturing of experiences of life.
He goes into detail on each and every point showing how leaders often drop the ball, as adversity hits, and recommends strength of character and understanding to get you through. I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t recognize mistakes I’d made in leadership after reading this book. Still, perhaps you ought to read this book prior to making the same mistakes others have and often do?
Schuller tells us of the phases of innovation and reminds us not to reject ideas, or possibilities, rather to seize the day and make it happen. That is the sign of a strong leader. This is a great book for those who have their sights on the seemingly insurmountable tasks ahead, or that may be in the way; nothing is impossible is one of the strong themes running through this book.