There is one thing to roll with the punches and another to give back a knock out blow. I love this quote from Warren Bennis. Leaders do not accept things especially status quo. If that was the case there would be no innovation and change. Leaders don’t sit back on the laurels. They want to be the disruptors in their respective industry and set the course.
The three founders of BlogHer, Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page and Jory DesJardin have never rested on their laurels and I can tell you “status quo” is definitely not in their vocabulary! If that was the case, BlogHer would have never been created and they would still be at their “status quo” jobs in silicon valley, broadcasting and publishing (yawn).
Status quo is “safe”. While yes it also means less drama and uncertainty the only way to thrive in today’s world is to mix it up. You need to have the courage and conviction to evolve. You need to challenge yourself and not be afraid to fail. You have to constantly ask yourself are you being the absolute best you can be? If you sit back and participate as a spectator you will never get ahead. As DesJardins said to me, “It is a constant tapping process. And while we may have become more comfortable in our business and how we run things, we are always refining our own processes, seeing what’s out there. That’s why I always say you can’t get too wedded to what something will look like. You just have to go with change while remaining true to your mission. Give up on what it looks like, and let it grow.”
So the next time you feel complacent think twice. A wonderful opportunity may be passing you by.