“When I began my leadership career, I was very ineffective as a leader. I believed I had talent. But when I got out into the real world, I fell far short of my expectations. How did I turn things around? By making small decisions that were difficult. With each one, I gained more confidence and more courage, and I began to change. The process took me four years. At the end of that time, I had learned many valuable lessons, and I wrote the following to help me cement what I had learned:
Courageous leadership simply means I’ve developed:
1. Convictions that are stronger than my fears.
2. Vision that is clearer than my doubts.
3. Spiritual sensitivity that is louder than popular opinion.
4. Self-esteem that is deeper than self-protection.
5. Appreciation for discipline that is greater than my desire for leisure.
6. Dissatisfaction that is more forceful than the status quo.
7. Poise that is more unshakeable than panic.
8. Risk taking that is stronger than safety seeking.
9. Right actions that are more robust than rationalization.
10. A desire to see potential reached more than to see people appeased.
You don’t have to be great to become a person of courage. You just need to want to reach your potential and to be willing to trade what seems good in the moment for what’s best for your potential. That’s something you can do regardless of your level of natural talent.
John Maxwell, Talent Is Never Enough
What We Are Working On:
- A quiet title lawsuit involving property that was divided long ago but has a gap in the chain of title.
- A breach of guarantee lawsuit relating to the purchase of an industrial warehouse.
- A claim of fraud and non-disclosure in the sale of a new home.
- An international arbitration between a Hong Kong company and a Russian company over unpaid debts.
- A lawsuit on promissory notes between former business partners.
We are scheduled for oral argument in the California Court of Appeal in October. After winning on behalf of our client in trial and then getting a dismissal of a subsequent lawsuit for fraudulent conveyance, we are responding to the other side’s appeal of the dismissal.
Heart of Los Angeles Youth
I am pleased that our Cocktail Under The Stars event was able to raise money for HOLA–Heart of Los Angeles, a youth center near downtown. I first volunteered for HOLA in the early 1990s when I was in law school. HOLA has grown into an incredible program that is sending inner-city kids to college, teaching them music, arts, computer programming and more. Their student jazz band played at our cocktail party (see below). Check them out.
Here is an article that HOLA did on our cocktail party.
More importantly, HOLA is celebrating its 25th anniversary on December 1. I hope to see you there
How Can We Help You?
Wagenseller Law Firm specializes in real estate and partnership litigation. We appreciate your referrals and our thankful for all of our clients and friends.