Margaret Mead


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead isn’t exactly someone that most people know but it’s a quote I once heard a long time ago during an internal leadership talk at an old company. It’s stuck with me all these years.

And as we come to the eve of a very big week for us as a community I think of all the work that has been done and all the work that must be done for us to achieve the level of success that we’d all like to see.

There’s a lot of doubt, incredible amounts of anxiety, and a little self-hate as I stand looking over the precipice. This is all part and parcel of being a self-starter and someone who pursues their objectives amidst rampant ambiguity.

It can feel incredibly lonely at times and in the darkest hours it makes you wonder if you’ve got it all so terribly wrong. I think this is where Mead’s thoughts save a person from staying there too long.

There is a difference between doubting that a small group of people can change the world and seeing it happen. You can be indefatigable in your positive outlook and never see it happen. That’s ok as that’s how it should be. Most things and most movements are mere blips or footnotes in someone else’s story.

Perhaps it’s the commitment for each individual that frames and justifies the time, attention, and dedication. Maybe the goal has always been to impact the individual person and participant and to make a ‘dent’ into their own personal story.

If we each endeavor to enrich each other’s lives than we’ll do the same for our own.

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