Chapter 3. Leadership Begins with Self-Mastery

Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but finding peace amidst the storm.


Self-Mastery is Critical Success Factor 1 in eXtreme Project Management. It's the ongoing practice of leading oneself. It's the art of being self-directed. On an eXtreme project, this means being self-directed under adverse conditions. You can't stabilize the world, but you can stabilize yourself. It's your only hope. And when you stabilize yourself, the world around you, as if by magic, appears more stable. When working under adverse conditions, unless you choose Self-Mastery, you are choosing self-misery by default. Taken to its ultimate, the goal of Self-Mastery is nothing less than inner peace under any circumstances. ...

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