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Time to Stop Settling

“...And the world is filled with people who can't go to high school, never mind college, and who certainly can't spend their time focused on whether or not they get the good parking space at work.

And so, the obligation: don't settle.
To have all these advantages, all this momentum, all these opportunities and then settle for mediocre and then defend the status quo and then worry about corporate politics--what a waste.”

This quote is on page 135 of Seth Godin’s book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us and it hit me like a ton of bricks.  Since last fall I’ve thought I should be doing more, but I had my excuses so I didn’t.  I’ve been settling for the status quo, and complaining about it when what I should be doing is working to change it.  My excuse has always been that I wasn’t in a position to make changes, but this book rips that excuse away as well, as Seth points out that you can lead no matter what your position you are in.  Sure, it may be hard, but if you really believe in it, isn’t worth some hard work and maybe some resistance?  Reading this book had really challenged me to step up, forget about excuses, stop settling for the status quo, and lead.

My high school principal and Pastor used to say:

“If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem”

It’s time to be part of the solution.  This doesn’t just apply to the work place, it applies to church, family, user groups, and PASS.

Thanks to Joe Webb (@JoeWebb) for recommending this book to me and now I’m recommending it to you.


Posted by Steve Jones on 28 June 2010

Good points, and while this is true, Seth is slightly prone to some exaggeration or hyper-bowl. You do not want to settle, but you have to have balance in this. You pick your battles, and remember that there are more important things than business, or whatever you might be trying to change.

I'm reminded of the quote "God grant me the strength to change those things I can, accept what I cannot, and the wisdom to know the difference."

Posted by Jack Corbett on 28 June 2010

Good point.  I guess the idea is that when frustrated with something you either need to accept it or work to change it.  For me it's been just staying frustrated instead of accepting or changing.

Posted by Andy Leonard on 12 July 2010

Hi Jack,

  Inspirational, no doubt. I agree with you and Steve and only have this to add: Sometimes you and I and Steve are frustrated by something that will never change.


Posted by Jack Corbett on 12 July 2010

Apparently I didn't exactly communicate what I meant with this.  I do understand the idea about only be concerned with things that I can change and that's what I'm talking about here.  I guess the point I was trying to make is that I need to stop thinking I'm not in the position to initiate change and do what I can to cause positive change.

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