“I told the other kids not to worry. I told them that if you were alive you’d save me…”
The 1989 Armenian earthquake needed only four minutes to flatten a nation and kill over thirty thousand people. Moments after the deadly tremor was over, a father raced to the elementary school to save his son. Looking at the masses of rubble and stone, he remembered a promise he had made to his child, “No matter what happens, I will always be there for you.”
Standing and sobbing with the other parents, he decided to start digging. He began to remove one giant stone at a time. The authorities urged him to stop. They said, “It is too late. They are all gone.”
But the man refused to stop. For eight hours, then sixteen, then thirty-six hours he dug. His hands were raw and his energy drained. But he refused to quit.
Finally, after thirty-eight exhausting hours of blood sweat and tears, he heard a faint voice… “Arman, Arman! Daddy! It’s me!” Then the boy uttered the words that should give each leader pause:
“I told the other kids not to worry. I told them that if you were alive, you’d save me. And when you saved me, they would be saved too. Because you promised, ‘No matter what, I’ll always be there for you.’”
Promises Made, Promises Kept
It Begins with soulful honesty
• Remember your promises as a leader, big and small
• Remember to trust in the foundation of leadership and personal influence
• Ask yourself: is there any rubble that you need to remove?
• Ask yourself: where do you need to keep your word?
• What are the promises you have made to yourself you need to keep?
Note: Leadership is being a man or woman of your word. Fighting for others that we love. Doing the work that others say cannot be done.
“Leadership is an affair of the heart because we love those we lead”
“Sometimes you have to push through quitting points to save others”
Be willing to keep your promises this week!
You matter to me,