Which one of these Vietnamese school kids
is most likely to be a leader as an adult?
I took this picture at an elementary school in Vietnam several years ago. If you were asked to pick a future leader out of this group of kids, who would you choose?
Ralph Waldo Emerson had it right when he said nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. He might have added that enthusiasm makes the impossible become possible.
The good news is that there is no enthusiasm gene. Whether or not you approach your work, and your life, with enthusiasm is a choice you make, pure and simple.
Enthusiasm is Core Action Value #10 in the Values Coach course on The Twelve Core Action Values, and I have come to see it as the master value. When you are enthusiastic, it makes it easier to live the other values. It’s easier to be authentic, to have courage and perseverance, to follow a sense of purpose and have a vision.
Without enthusiasm, all of those things are much harder.
Each of the twelve values in our course is built upon four cornerstones that are what put the action in the value (and without action, values are nothing more than good intentions). These are the cornerstones for Enthusiasm: