The Power of Initiative

Today, it’s easier than ever to send out a message into the world or to start a new organization. Within a few phone-calls, you and I can reach almost any person in the world. 

As the barriers to create value decrease, our power (and responsibility) to write our life narratives becomes bigger. Decades ago, the story of a young man born in rural Kenya was almost fully defined by the situation into which he was born – the “starting conditions” of his life. The same young man born today has a realistic option to craft a life story much different than previously imaginable. In a world where more is possible, initiative – the power to act -is becoming one of the most important conditions for human success.  

More than ever, we have the opportunity to turn our big ideas into reality. Whether we choose a life of action or a life of passive agreement is up to us. With that, I’d like to share a quote from Bucky.

“We are blessed with technology that would be indescribable to our forefathers. We have the wherewithal, the know-it-all to feed everybody, clothe everybody, and give every human on Earth a chance. We know now what we could never have known before: that we now have the option for all humanity to make it successfully on this planet in this lifetime. Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment.”

 

– Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path

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