Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

d03da-darkjourney– Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s been a long hard time this year in Sydney.

There’s been hostage taking, foiled plots uncovered and a young boy who shot a stranger in Parramatta.

My training venue is right next door to the mosque, where the young boy went before carrying out his terrible mission.

There’s been lots of hate, lots of anger, lots of hurt.

The following week, I had to evacuate my classroom because a group who wanted to bulldoze all Mosques in Australia were demonstrating outside.  Everyone expected a bloody fight.

There wasn’t.

I was grateful for the restraint shown by all parties.

I’ve been searching deep inside for my own leadership at these times, not sure what it is I’m trying to bring forth, to articulate, to demonstrate.

On the Rememberence Day (- you know, the eleventh hour on the eleventh day) the manager of our office announced a minute of silence in honor of those who gave their lives for us, and the whole room of people, from all countries of the world, stood up and shared that minutes silence.

It was awesome…and a story that is drowned out in the mainstream media, screaming for revenge and righteous justice.

There’s a choice.

You can either knee-jerk your way through this and respond with violent darkness…or you can make a stand inside yourself, with light…and love.

Not easy, I know. ¬†But it’s the right thing to do.

So I call out to whatever light is within you and request that you let it shine.

Martin, as usual, has some awesome things to say.

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You can either have MENTORS or MISTAKES – which do you prefer?

Sure it’s an act of humility to work with a mentor…and that’s pretty well why so few people have a mentor.

But when you see the benefits of working with a mentor to see how they help you:

  • See around corners you would never see around by yourself
  • Be prepared for both dangers and opportunities, by alerting you beforehand
  • Celebrate your wins…and commiserate and learn from your losses.
  • With advice born from experience
  • Rapidly move ahead by introducing you to people who can help you immeasurably.

…it’s a no-brainer.

Your only obstacle is that it’s counter-intuitive to most of us to work with a mentor, much less honor our mentor.

…but that’s what the truly successful people do.

So which one do you prefer?

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