To Be Or To Do?

With all the talk of "Mavericks" and "Rebels" I felt it fitting to post this quote from a true Maverick and innovator, someone, who practice what he preached and accomplished plenty in his lifetime, “COL John Boyd” who uttered these words to those struggling with decisions and were lucky enough to get this advice. If you are a leader or individual, who finds yourself at times getting frustrated by the bureaucratic lack of integrity and politics that inhibits getting things done, take a look at these words of inspiration and continue with strength of character, to press on, in the direction you CHOOSE!

Col John Boyd’s Words of Wisdom:

“Tiger, one day you will come to a fork in the road,” he said. “And you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go.” He raised his hand and pointed. “If you go that way you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get good assignments.” Then Boyd raised his other hand and pointed another direction. “Or you can go that way and you can do something - something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself. If you decide you want to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get the good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won’t have to compromise yourself. You will be true to your friends and to yourself. And your work might make a difference.” He paused and stared into the officer’s eyes and heart. “To be somebody or to do something.” In life there is often a roll call. That’s when you will have to make a decision. To be or to do. Which way will you go?”