Trailblazer’s Toolbelt: Three Vital Skills

The trailblazer is a person who is ‘ahead of their time.” That is, they go first, like a scout, flattening a path for others to follow. They step into the unknown. We do it without knowing it. Is it our nature? To be a scout?

You’ve been a trailblazer … what is something you did perhaps in school, first … that no one else was doing and perhaps others even laughed ‘at’ you for doing it? You didn’t care and of course, you didn’t really want to be humiliated.

A simple one for me was in junior high school. My mother always made sure I had Villager and Lanz dresses to wear. These were the best and most expensive. I like most girls, had a horsehair crinoline (oh my goodness how it itched!) yet my skirts poofed-out perfectly for the times. It was important.

Mother bought me a purse … one I had never seen before and did not look anything like the handbags that were popular and that most everyone carried. This had a round, bamboo handle, about one-half inch thick, and was attached by small rings to a blue, lined burlap bag. Easy to open, set on my desk; lift the handle, the bag closed; it was genius.

I wore it proudly to school that first day and began looking for bags like mine. There were none, anywhere. It never occurred to me that there was anything special about carrying a purse no one else had. I had a proud moment, yet what bothered me was that I was different and was waiting to be ostracized for that. That was the risk. Interesting that we look for what’s wrong instead of what’s right about it; both are always there. Which do you choose most often?

Then it felt odd when these purses started showing up everywhere. Like others had encroached on my territory (of being first). Were they there already and I was unaware of them? OR … was I the first one?


Trailblazers have three things in common. These folks are rare as they have mastered to an extent each of these three to be a rare human who rises above others in this role, paving the way so it’s easier for others.

They have mastered Fears, Foresight, and Faith.

Skill #1 Mastering Fear. With six basic fears (all described in Think and Grow Rich), we each have six chances of stopping ourselves before our foot takes the first step on a new trail; a place we’ve never gone before.

We all have them all, in different intensities, showing up at different times and different scenarios. Whenever we get an idea to do something different, one of these six-sisters shows up right on time to talk us right out of taking that first step!

Six Basic Fears

  1. Fear of Poverty. Not too bad for the corporate worker. There’s a paycheck. Big one for the entrepreneur and small business owner.
  2. Fear of Ill Health. We all experienced this up close and personal with the recent pandemic.
  3. Fear of Criticism. What will people think of me if I do this. Big one for everyone.
  4. Fear of Old Age. Worse when you are young thinking about it. Now that I am old, it doesn’t bother me at all.
  5. Fear of Loss of Love. Divorce, breakup, someone dying.
  6. Fear of Death. The ultimate, yet it is said that fear of public speaking tops this one. What do you think?

Skill #2

Expert Foresight. Seeing the future from the past by standing in the future as though it were present.

  1. Use a repeatable system to set and achieve goals consistently, allowing predictably. This is auto-suggestion from Napoleon Hill’s principles of success.
  2. Knowing in advance that you will achieve through repetition, frees the mind for other thoughts. With only one conscious thought at a time, we must keep our conscious mind as clear of negative thoughts as possible.
  3. See simplicity of biomimicry in their work. They realized that the processes they repeated have the same common denominator in nature. It’s more efficient and consistent.
  4. Skilled practice in shifting thoughts from negative to positive within seconds.

Skill #3

Perfect Faith. Trailblazers have developed and sustain complete trust or confidence in themselves and the ‘laws of the universe’ to achieve consistently.

  1. They have mastered the ability to create Faith; faith in themselves, and faith in their infinite potential.
  2. They know how to achieve what they want, and why it works; how they can do this over and over again.
  3. Once they create faith in something, they start on another ‘something.’ Their subconscious mind is now inhabited primarily by “beliefs that serve” that always outweigh the old ones, that never did.

IF you are in a place where you are ready to learn, implement, and ‘own’ these ‘three fine distinctions’ in thirty days (one hour/week live), in comments say “Tell Me How” and I’ll reach out to you privately.


Leslie Flowers
Leslie Flowers
Leslie Flowers, a trailblazer for women in business and emerging enterprises, is an industry-recognized authority on results and achievement and teaching business principles, universal law, and mindset over 17,000 hours over fifteen years. Leslie developed her Flagship Leadership Mastermind in 2013, the 8 Essentials of Performance and Achievement, for which she developed an agile framework to aid her clients in being in full control of their lives and have influence over conditions and circumstances. Certified coach and consultant (LSC), speaker (CS), and author of seven books, Leslie’s greatest joys in business include mentoring women to “ask for what they deserve … and be paid,” and creating leadership development mastermind training and teams to emerging enterprises.

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  1. This is a real good read and there is a lot one can agree with.
    Being a pioneer means being a person who has a disproportionate desire for the discovery of a new world, not only geographically, but in any field of activity, thought, etc. It means giving up the certainties of the past to launch into a future that is never comfortable. In fact, when a pioneer begins his “journey”, he must take into account the suffering of loneliness. He happens, “during the journey”, to meet his own kind. Sometimes you meet interesting people to walk part of the way with, to support each other. Other times, you meet profiteers who abandon you when the journey is more difficult.
    The pioneers evaluate various possibilities, believe that taking risks are worthwhile, and stimulate the energy and creativity of their work team. They think big and are drawn to bold news. They follow instinct and tend not to get lost in the details. Their decisions are quick and spontaneous.

    • Aldo Delli Paoli, sir,

      I wish I had said all the things in your comment, the way you have said it. This is a rich contribution and I am in deep gratitude that you shared your insightful perspective with me … many will benefit. I thank you so much.

  2. Thank you dear Ali Anani for your kind comment and most of all, for honoring me by reading this article. Those six fears by the way I learned studying Think and Grow Rich … if we recognize which is rearing it’s ‘ugly head,’ we then have the choice to think or behave differently. With gratitude, Leslie Flowers

  3. You weave your thoughts in unique storytelling format, Leslie. I dare say with no fear that you are a trailblazer.

    I enjoyed reading this “That was the risk. Interesting that we look for what’s wrong instead of what’s right about it; both are always there. Which do you choose most often?”
    We are not only negative-biased, but also wrong-biased without realizing our wrongdoings.

    I loved the six types of fear that you highlighted. No wonder there are few trailblazer because people fear criticism and rejection more than they welcome new possibilities.

    Your post is an excellent read.