The junction of Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi is designated as the famous crossroads where, according to legend, Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for mastery of the blues. He didn’t receive much success during his life but he is now considered to be a blues legend. Obviously he was willing to give up everything, including his soul, to become a great blues player.
Leaders must understand that sacrifice is a part of being a successful leader. John Maxwell says that leaders must give up to go up. If you are unwilling to make sacrifices you should think about your original reasons for becoming a leader.
If you find yourself at a crossroads, think about why you became a leader, what difference do I want to make, what are my passions and then what am I willing to give up to get where I want to go.
There is no success without sacrifice. You don’t have to sell your soul to the Devil but at times the going will be rough; great leaders understand and continue.