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One sees the mud and one sees the stars. Indulge yourself by being generous – help someone out, perform an act of kindness, offer a compliment. The doers cut a path through the jungle, the managers are behind them sharpening the machetes. I took the one less travelled by. And that has made all the difference.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. There is an emerging consensus about what the knowledge-creating company of the future will look like. It will be good at learning and unlearning. The one important thing that I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous. The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.
History, even, does not know what is meant. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. If you appreciate that as much good comes from change as bad, you will avoid the concerns that many people seem to have about it. Relax and be open to change when it visits. We have no time to stand and stare? We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, speech in St. Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily. You make a choice or set a goal and let people know about it. Then just getting started leads to the discovery of internal resources that help us to go further than we ever thought we could. It is not our abilities that truly define us – it is the choices we make.