Give Yourself an A…
“This A is not an expectation to live up to, but a possibility to live into.” —Benjamin Zander & Rosamund Stone Zander, The Art of Possiblity
One of my favorite books about thinking differently about leadership and success is The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander.
While these wise souls share many practices in their book, my favorite is their invitation to give everyone (including yourself!) an A. We can all relate to the stress of trying our best to get a good grade and the judgment that followed when we did not receive the grade we strove for.
“One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king.”
As of Now
“All things are possible until they are proved impossible. Even the impossible may only be so, as of now.” ― Pearl S. Buck
All of Who You Are
Giving yourself an A is not about boasting or raising your self-esteem. It has nothing to do with reciting your accomplishments.
The freely granted A lifts you off the success/failure ladder and spirits you away from the world of measurement into the universe of possibility.
It is a framework that allows you to see all of who you are and be all of who you are, without having to resist or deny any part of yourself.
—Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander, The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
May you see and be all of who you are today.