Walking on a Tightrope
"It's easy to watch a tighrope walker; it's another thing to trust him enough to climb on his back"
He was a french aerialist who was most famous for his walk across Niagara Falls on a wire. During one of his crossings, on August 18, 1859, crowds of people watched in terror and awe as they witnessed Blondin walking across the wire from start to finish. Upon returning back to the US side of the Falls, Blondin asked his fans what they thought of him. After being showered with compliments and cries of "You can do anything!" , the aerialist challenged the crowd with the task of having one person trust him enough to ride on his back while he crossed the wire again.
After seeing that no one was going to accept the challenge, Charles turned to his close friend Harry Colcord and asked him if he was willing to ride on his back. Even though he had a fear heights, Colcord decided to trust Blondin and rode on his back across Niagara Falls.
General Robert E. Lee vs Ulysses S. Grant
Both Lee and Grant are famous generals from the Civil War, but General Lee was a better leader than General Grant was even though Grant ended up as president later. Why is this? General Lee knew how to use the troops he had to earn many victories, despite being outnumbered at times. This created a bond of trust between Lee and his soldiers because they had seen General Lee see success after success. While General Grant's Union Army ultimately won the war,, he failed his country by taking on the role of president because Grant and his followers relied too much on his popularity and not on his leadership skills and visions for America.
"Ah, General Lee, these men are not fighting for the Confederacy; they are fighting for you."
- Henry Wise
Overall Summary- Q & A
How far are you to get out of your comfort zone?
Do you find it easy or difficult to trust others?
How much are you willing to take to stand up for what you believe in?
Overal Summary of this chapter
This chapter was about the fundamentals of becoming a leader. For being the one in the group that stands out or speaks up. From as small as a classroom discussion to speaking up to a protest. This chapter also creates a huge factor in trusting someone. Would you take it as far as riding piggyback on a tightrope across Niagra Falls?