Greatness is not achieved in a single moment. It occurs during small moments along a journey that is intentional by someone who is willing to: participate; be vulnerable; fall in love with process; share the results of process; be forgiving of self and others when goals are missed; be humble in successes; acknowledge soul responsibility for the outcome of the journey; acknowledge that the journey will only bare fruit with the help of others.
Greatness happens when quality opportunities meet ambitious intentions. Without one of these things, nothing happens.
Greatness is not fame - sometimes it is never seen. Greatness is gone the moment it happens. Greatness does not bring with it a pot of gold. Greatness is connection to the source. It is a soft hand caressing the cheek of the ones you love, it is the strain of muscles lifting a heavy head in the midst of disappointment. Greatness evokes admiration, it does not ask for it.
My goal as a leader is to practice staying on my own journey and to support people on their journey so that they may experience moments that inspire themselves and those around them. I measure success by the quality of the character of the people around me and the resiliency of their spirit, not the quality of their product.
I watched this video a while ago and thought it was pretty great (especially the second half) - I think it might apply to the topic at hand.