Lesson Learned: Personal Sovereignty

Okay, so I bought the book. (What can I say? When I say I’m going to do something, I do it.)

It’s a quick read, but I immediately gravitated toward MacLeod’s second tip: “The big idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours.”

For a few years, I kept putting pressure on myself to come up with something — anything — big that would totally revolutionize higher education management. Admittedly, there wasn’t anything I could think up that hasn’t already been thought up (and proved or disproved accordingly), so I sent myself back to the ol’ drawing board more times than I can count.

But MacLeod says something quite powerful in his book. He notes:

“The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will. How your own sovereignty inspires other people to find their own sovereignty, their own sense of freedom and possibility, will give the work far more power than the work’s objective merits ever will” (p. 7).

Which is such a freeing thought, because instead of trying to spend restless nights figuring out that proverbial One Big Thing, I should really just blaze a trail and see what comes of it.


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