Ulysses S. Grant was an alcoholic.

Lincoln suffered from severe depression.

FDR feared he couldn’t do the job of President.

Churchill worried that he didn’t have the right war plans.

George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, lacked self-confidence.

Jim Henson, of Muppet fame, was aimless.

Steve Jobs was a perfectionist and it made him a jerk.

None of us are perfect.

Not a single one of us.

We don’t have a single flaw.

We have multiple.

While our flaws can be stumbling blocks to ourselves and others, they actually help us.

A flaw makes us struggle.

It’s something we have to fight through in order to accomplish a dream, goal or task.

The fight matures us and helps us identify our strengths and weaknesses.

There’s a famous quote that says, “Never trust a leader who doesn’t walk with a limp.”

The point of the quote? Good leaders know their weaknesses and realize they’re not perfect. They’ve lost a battle or two because of them. But they’ve recovered and now win in spite of them.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a leader or not.

The lesson applies to all of us.

Do you walk with a limp?

Are you aware of your own flaws and weaknesses?

Have you embraced them and made your team and co-workers aware of your weaknesses?

Covering up our flaws and overcompensating in another area only makes us a difficult person to work with.

Own your limp.

Be authentic.

By the way, your team already knows you’re not perfect.

Turn that weakness into a strength by surrounding yourself with people who possess strengths where you do not.


I’m Brian.

I lack self-confidence…I’m very impatient and it gets me in trouble…I often make decisions without all the information and I love to be the class clown.

But God still has a purpose for me…even with a limp.

Do you walk with a limp?

More importantly, are you willing to be seen walking with one?

Hope will triumph.

Easy never changed the world.


– Brian Sanders

Brian Sanders is an author/speaker and Executive Vice President of Positive Alternative Radio. To contact him or for more information about his book, Leadership Endurance, visit www.briansandersauthor.com .