You’re Obligated


If someone older believed in you
If someone gave you a chance,
opened a door and motioned you through,
If you’re grateful they didn’t have to but did,
You’re Obligated.
Do likewise.
Pass it on.

If you’ve future leaders on your team,
if you can see beyond this month’s bottom line
or the graph on next quarter’s report,
If you know what they’ll need to know to thrive,
You’re Obligated.
Show them.
Teach them.

If you have a colleague who shows promise,
If you suspect you’ll neither one live forever
or that one of you will one day move on,
If you believe another’s candle can burn brightly without yours going out,
You’re Obligated.
Position her for success.
Invest in his future. Theirs.

If you sense someone’s drifting,
If you know your team is “good people” just not aligned,
If you believe in your cause and your associates,
You’re Obligated.
Draw things back into focus.
But take no credit. Shun heroics.

If you see the glow of other’s fame
and silently thrill at being there when it began,
If you sense one on your crew might surpass your own accomplishments,
If your breath on a spark could set it aflame,
You’re Obligated.
Blow on it! Smile at flame’s burst.
Be one they remember when asked
“Who got you started?
Who influenced you early-on?”

– But –

If you care not who follows you or how,
If it annoys when others succeed,
If you don’t mind what you know dying with you,
No legacy, no wisdom, no lessons learned,
Then you’re not obligated.
Do nothing.
History will write a you-less cul de sac.
You’ll not be mentioned at all.



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