For the past year, I've been interviewing some of Australia's top leaders to find the source of their success. What is behind their thinking, actions, attitudes? Why do they think, believe, and act as they do?
I'll share some of it now, but I warn you, it's really way into the soft zone. No single bottom line talk here.
One of the most powerful common denominators is they have found their voice and live their lives in accordance to how their heart sings. Now, it may sound touchy-feely, but there is no denying the power and success that these people have achieved, mainly because they stayed true to themselves.
I noticed that lives in sharp contrast to people who struggle. The conversations they have around their work exist inside a world of survival, obligation and necessity. Inspiration? That's for the movies.
We all have our truth within us. It's like that song, or poem, story or book dying to be written. It's waiting to leap out of our mouth, sitting in the dark recess of our mind for the right moment when our fears and concerns recede into the background long enough to allow it to be heard.
It lives in a realm beyond money, beyond power, beyond material things. It comes from and cuts through to the soul. It tops the charts of Maslow's Hierarchy and leaves you breathless with purpose - inspired, invigorated and ready to take on the world.
Singing your soul song enables you to push past those moments when nothing seems to be working because you know you're on the right track and will reach your destination.
Why are leaders like no one else? Because they move mountains to sing their song. They waste no time with fear and bounce back from challenges before most people even wrap their heads around what's happening. They live loud at the top of organisations, or small as the quiet achievers. They are as diverse as our entire human population but share that one thing in common - an uncompromising commitment to follow their heart.
You'll know them because a conversation with them leaves you inspired. I often felt like I had a walk in a summer rain after these meetings.
"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." George Bernard Shaw
What's that song in your heart waiting to be heard? How long are you willing to wait? That's how long it will be before true success comes to you.