?We?re all equal before a wave.? ~Laird Hamilton
While surfing in Maui (park at mile marker 12 near Ukumehame Beach Park for nice swells!) I realized how the sport provides a perfect metaphor for how to navigate leadership and life.
1. The Hawaiians say ?Never turn your back on the ocean.? This means don?t turn your back to energy, don?t be arrogant and think you are more powerful than the sea. You aren?t. Likewise, don?t turn your back on your business, your loved ones, the forces that support, sustain and influence your life. Stay aware and engaged.
2. Always use a leash. The leash tethers you to your surfboard. When you wipe out, which will happen, you don?t want to swim all over the place and wear yourself out searching for your board. Make sure you always have your foundation nearby. Whether your foundation is your team, your family, your friends, your advisory board-keep it nearby.
3. When you get thrown, protect your head and search for the surface. In a wipe out surfers put one forearm on their head to prevent a concussion should their board hit them. They move the other arm back and forth in front of their face to find the surface. The lesson is protect your head in a tricky situation and find your way to the surface as quickly as possible.
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