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Leslie Odum, Jr.

October 18, 2018

“I’d love to see you try before you quit,” Stuart Robinson told Leslie Odom, Jr.

The latter did not quit.

He later appeared on Broadway as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, for which he won both a Tony Award and a Grammy Award. He also has a number one jazz album and numerous television appearances to his credit.

So what worthwhile endeavor have you tried, or even been tempted to try, but then quit?

Leslie Odom, Jr.’s recent book is Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning. 

That sub-title has three significant steps for us to learn and not forget to apply: Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning.

See that guy over in the corner? He’s the one wrote, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13,14) He’s St. Paul.

And he likes those three things —

Take Risks

Aim Higher

Never Stop Learning

— Quick self-inventory: how are you doing in those three areas today, this week, this month, this year? So what will you do differently today?



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