Self-reliance Matters

 In Change Inspiring Quotes, Change Management

Self-reliance has always been critical for survival, we used to be dinner.  While we are no longer dinner, the need for self-reliance has not gone away.  Today, we are in the midst of a sociocultural evolution that most of us find disorienting and reckoning.   If that is the case, let’s test this premise with a few really basic questions, do I have the ability and capability to grow a garden? Can I navigate in nature or across town without a GPS device?  Or, do I have information that I can trust for quality decision-making?

The good news is that we have historical insights and useful metaphors for navigating in today’s world.  Nested below are few reflections from a diverse set of gifted guides, let’s take a look.

“Nature does nothing uselessly.”                                                                                                          Aristotle. Philosopher and Polymath. 384-322 B.C.E.

“Knowledge is power.”                                                                                                                                  Francis Bacon. Philosopher and Statesman. 1561-1626.

“Delays have dangerous ends.”                                                                                                               William Shakespeare. Poet, Playwright, and Actor. 1564-1616.

“The computer is no better than its program.”                                                                                              Elting E[lmore] Morison. Historian, Biographer, Author, Essayist. 1909-1995.

“He can run, but he can’t hide.”                                                                                                                        Joe Louis [Joseph Louis Borrow]. Professional Boxer. 1914-1981

“And that’s the way it is.”                                                                                                                                 Walter Cronkite. Broadcast Journalist. 1916-2009.

A probing rhetorical question remains: how self-reliant am I?  And, more importantly, what action am I going to pursue to move from awareness to capability?

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