Urban dictionary defines “iron will” as “a burning determination that cannot be stopped or hindered by anything; extreme resilience.” After twenty-five years of leading teams, businesses, and global missions there are times (leadership moments) that I believe rest on a “burning determination” to stay the course, drive on, and in the words of Diana Nyad after her historic swim, “never never never give up.” And while Diana was the initial spark to write this blog, I was reminded again of the power of will while watching David Ferrer live at the U.S. Open yesterday. Down two sets to none, he ground his way back winning the next two sets only to lose in the fifth set. What was interesting was all the consistent commentary to follow. It seems that as the number four player in the world, most folks agree that Ferrer’s game and actual tennis skills would not put him in the top twenty five; however, it his true grit determination and ultimately his “iron will” that places him time and again among the top players in the world.

In leadership and in life there are so many attributes and characteristics associated with lives lived meaningfully well, making a difference. I would include “iron will” in my personal top ten. How about you? Do you believe in the power of burning determination?

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Mark Fernandes

Mark Fernandes

Having a passion for inspiring people to believe in themselves and become everything they are capable of becoming, Mark works with individuals and organizations to inspire transformation. @MarkSFernandes

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