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Leda Writes for Fintech Futures: Banking for humanity
Every Thursday, Leda Glyptis, 11:FS Chief of Staff creates #LedaWrites. This week she turns her attention to believing in fairy tales and the power of human will to change the world.
I believe in second chances, in hard graft and happy middles. Because who wants this ride to end?
And I believe in fairy tales and heroes. I believe that the wood cutter can save the world. I believe what we do matters. Even when we wear suits and deal with spreadsheets.
Fairy tales teach us the formula. How you implement it is a matter of choice and personal perspective. But don’t be fooled. It’s test after test. And you have to be worthy. Which means willing rather than amazing, when the chips are down.
Test one: you need to believe
From superhero to unlikely wonder, every self-respecting tale starts with a reluctant front man (or woman) who doesn’t feel big enough for the task. Who knows their limitations, the constraints of their environment, the times they totally messed up, the times when they could not even be bothered, the times their faith was not strong and not even proof would turn it around.
Test two: you need to prove yourself
So you get yourself all fired up. Filled with righteous dreams and worthy energy.
But you need to bring the world to where you are, and get the recognition you need so you can do the next bit. Break the wrong rules, respect the right ones and create a new dynamic that people have no choice but to acknowledge.
Test three: you need to find your birthright
You knew it was coming. The twist in the plot.
The hero knows what they have to do. They have proven themselves, they have a runway and some support. This is happening. But goodwill and hard work are sadly not enough. The hero has to find their birthright.
So if you are not in pursuit of an ancient crown, a sword in a stone or the denouement to a prophecy on a crumbling scroll… if you are a banker, what does that look like?
Test four: you need to move beyond your legacy
You have found a path that allows a whole organisation to do better and be better.
So folks are ready to follow. Some will follow the path because you inspired them. Some because you have shown it to be profitable and good for career progression. I know that was not the intent. No matter. It moves us in the right direction.
Be strong. Be true. Be brave. Be humble. Be kind. And whatever you do, keep going.
Read the whole story at Fintech Futures.