Virtue of the Week: Initiative

Friends,

Let’s take the initiative this week!

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.Chinese Proverb
You have to recognize that every ‘out front’ maneuver you make is going to be lonely, but if you feel entirely comfortable, then you’re not far enough ahead to do any good. That warm sense of everything going well is usually the body temperature at the center of the herd.John Masters
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
  • You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
  • You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

William J. H. Boetcker

When you are taking the initiative and are going "outside of the box", that sick feeling in the bottom of your stomach that you think is a warning bell meant to keep you out of danger, is actually an indicator mechanism to let you know that you are headed in the right direction.Coach Traeger
Success comes to the person who does today what you were thinking about doing tomorrow.Unknown

The Eagle and the Chicken

There’s an old fable that talks about a man who found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eagle hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life, the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet in the air. Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings. The old eagle looked up in awe. ‘Who’s that?’ he asked. ‘That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,’ said his neighbor. ‘He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth—we’re chickens.’ So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.

Most people follow chickens, act like chickens and live out their life like chickens. But you can never attain the heights of success by having unsuccessful role models. You are not going to get to trading greatness by listening to and emulating those who want to keep you down at their level and hold you back from achieving the highest level of competence.

Eagles don’t flock.Ross Perot