You don’t need to ask permission

A group of friends were lamenting to me recently about a situation that needed to be addressed. The problem was in their area of responsibility, but the leader of their group had made no effort to address it. My friends were waiting to be told what to do, even though they knew both what needed to be done and how to do it. My suggestion was to go ahead and solve the problem, then report the results to their leader.

This quote, attributed to Napoleon Hill, describes what seems to happen when we stop waiting for permission to change the world:

“The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.”

Do you have the solution to a problem in your sphere of influence? What’s keeping you from moving ahead and solving it?


Which is wisest and best?

I came across another proverb that hasn’t been overused to the point of losing its meaning:

Thinking well is wise;
Planning well, wiser;
But doing well is the wisest and best of all.

– Persian Proverb

This encompasses three areas that really do mark a life of wisdom: right thinking, solid planning, and excellence in execution. I hope my life exemplifies these marks of maturity as I move through the years.

Can you think of any other “wise ways” that have impacted your life? Feel free to comment.