“Each of us has some kind of tenacious family ancestry to call on in our work … Life is too difficult to survive without tenacity and perseverance, and we all hold an unbroken thread of survivorship by the very fact that we are here, the latest in a very long line of survivors.” David Whyte in Crossing the Unknown Sea – Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity
The more I live in this line of work, the more I believe in the importance of voice. I believe voice to be represented by one’s deepest of core values. In my own experience, and in the experience of working with leaders, I’ve found that we are not conscious of this deep value.
This doesn’t mean that our voice is not present and active. It simply means that most of us are not openly aware of our voice. To be conscious of voice is to be cool with who you are. Being cool with who you are is about being comfortable with present moment interactions and confident about your future plans.
As David Whyte points out, it takes tenacity and perseverance to survive. And the fact that you’re here proves you have a voice speaking to your ability to face the monsters on your journey. It is the application of your voice – and the depth of what your voice stands for – that makes you strong and fit to battle every monster encounter … and survive.
It’s not about winning when it comes to applying voice. It’s about successfully navigating the treacherous waters of interactions and relationships and being there at the end to tell the story.
Have a great story to tell and tell it well.