Staying on track
Driving change can be a lonely and intimidating process
There are times when it feels as if the world rejects you, your ideas and your mindset. It takes courage to carry on, but if you truly believe in what you are doing and are totally committed to seeing it through – you can make a difference, and the world will be a better place.
Every so often we stop, take stock, re-evaluate and second guess our instincts.
Then we realise that is just plain stupid and carry on…
As Niccolò Machiavelli said
“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, nor uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things, for the innovator has for enemies all of those who have done well under the old, and lukewarm defenders in all of those who may do well under the new.”
…and as William Cadogan said (…just before he was kicked out of the Royal College of Physicians, London)
…If I have hazarded anything new, or contrary to received opinions, it has been from a thorough conviction of it’s truth, however dangerous to fame and fortune; both which I know are more easily acquired by complying with the world, than attempting to reform it: but it must be somebody equally indifferent to both, as I am, who will venture to tell such truths as are more likely to recoil and hurt the author, than to convince and conciliate the bulk of mankind.
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