1: the action of a lever or the mechanical advantage gained by it
2: power, effectiveness
3: the use of credit to enhance one’s speculative capacity
Leverage: (n.): 1724, “action of a lever,” from lever + age. Meaning “power or force of a lever” is from 1827; figurative sense “advantage for accomplishing a purpose” is from 1858. The financial sense is attested by 1933, and in American English, as a verb in the financial sense by 1956.
“I don’t want to do anything and everything. I want to be a brand that, every time I leverage my name, I want people to feel sure that it’s going to be something good – so whether it be my movies, my perfume, my restaurant, my musical, it’ll be good work, good food and good everything.”
Shilpa Shetty KLundra (b. 1975, mother, actress, entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast, and an Eternal positive thinker)
“All leaders, male or female, innately possess feminine qualities like empathy, candor and vulnerability – the difference lies in which leaders choose to suppress those qualities, and which choose to leverage them as strengths.”
John Gerzema (New York Times bestselling author, social strategist, speaker and leadership consultant)
“I believe it is in the world’s interest to develop environments that fully engage women and leverage their natural talents.”
Weili Dai (b. 1961, Chinese-American businesswoman, director, co-founder, and former president of Marvell Technology Group)
“When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.”
Warren Buffet (b. 1930, known as the “Oracle of Omaha” and one of the richest and most respect businessmen in the world, investment guru, and philanthropist)
“It is much easier to put existing resources to better use, than to develop resources where they do not exist.”
George Soros (b. 1930, Hungarian-American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, political activist, and chairman of Soros Fund management)
“Any institution faces two basic choices if they hope to spark new ideas. One is to leverage the brains trust within their organization by creating a special event dedicated to new thinking. The other is to look outside themselves to stimulate solutions.”
Simon Mainwaring (b. 1967, award-winning branding consultant, advertising creative director, and social medial specialist and blogger)
“Caricatured as navel-gazers, Millennials are said to live for their ‘likes’ and status updates. But the young people I know often leverage social medial in selfless ways.”
Chelsea Clinton (b. 1980, only child of former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of state and 2016 president candidate Hillary Clinton)
“I always tell women that the fact that you’re different and that you’re noticed, because there are few of us in the tech industry, is something you can leverage as an advantage.”
Padmasree Warrior (b. 1961, CEO of NextEV USA, an electrical vehicle company and was called the “Queen of the Electric Car Biz” by “Fortune” magazine)
“Any institution faces two basic choices if they hope to spark new ideas. One is to leverage the brains trust within their organization by creating a special event dedicated to new thinking. The other is to look outside themselves to stimulate solutions.” — Simon Mainwaring
When we leverage our talents, gifts, knowledge and experience, we have the power to zero in on the components of our unique life missions. We will then be able to contemplate our history, lineage, what we love, what we hate, and those subjects that peak our interests.
Once we have some ideas we can find those guides, teachers, and coaches who have the abilities to help us transcribe our dreams and give us the keys to unlock our minds and the important doors towards fulfillment.
If we can gift these opportunities to ourselves and to others we can be part of the shift that can facilitate unity and innovation. This, however, is not a quick leap of change, but a slow marathon of faith.
The roads to contentment and liberation will not be paved and delivered while we sleep. These roads must built by hand, laying each cobblestone to discern each placement. Despite our best intentions we will make mistakes, but that’s the fun of it too, the thrilled to be thrown off course and to discover how strong and resilient we were made to be.
For instance, we have all been assigned to jobs that bored us to tears. But these assignments netted us valuable experiences of empowerment, appreciation, discipline and excellence.
When I a little girl, my mother put my sisters and me in a slew of dance, piano, and violin lessons. For the most part, I felt was mediocre at playing musical instruments. I love art and singing, though, and it didn’t matter if I was good or not. What matter was the artistic process of creating and tapping into something inside and beyond myself.
As I look back, my mother and grandmothers were giving all of the children a chance try different things, in hopes that we could be honest about what we truly loved. Actually, my mother asked me if I wanted to play piano or if I was going to waste her money. I told her I was going to waste your money. She ended those classes immediately thereafter.
As I look back it’s amazing how much she exposed us in the ten years she was my mother. She gave her children the gift of music and the abilities to leverage and expand our brain creative and intellectual capacities in new ways.
Sojourners, let our journeys be about the work, but about the collective joy of exploration and discovery.
Miraculously Yours, Tonya