Friday, July 8, 2011

The Waiting Game (why you shouldn't play it)

If American public schools teach one thing, it's that you should wait.  Sit quietly and wait for instructions.  Wait to be told what's true, and don't ask too many questions.  Wait until you're called on.  And so on.

But, here's the thing: the waiting game gets you nowhere.  Nobody is going to provide you with what you want, and certainly nobody's going to figure out what you REALLY want except for you.  There are plenty of people in the world who will tell you what to do, but it typically won't be for your benefit.

You have to keep moving forward, trying new things, and taking risks.  Waiting doesn't get you anywhere but old and disappointed.  Innovations in the arts, sciences, and even business require striking out into unfamiliar territory, screwing up, crashing and burning.  Then starting over.  Success is not guaranteed.  But nothing will happen if you're waiting instead of acting.

1 comment:

  1. Stacey Wallace BenefielJuly 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    I needed this today! Thank you.