We Haven’t Learned Until We Actually Change

“Otherwise, all we’re going to get is what we got out of Ferguson: a bunch of politicians and celebrities expressing sympathy and outrage. If we don’t have a specific agenda—a list of exactly what we want to change and how—we will be gathering over and over again beside the dead bodies of our murdered children, parents, and neighbors.
Kareen Abdul Jabbar, The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race

To grow is to change, and to have changed often is to have grown much.
John Henry Newman

Though the first quote from an article by Kareem Abdul Jabbar is very much worth reading for its painful insight into the Ferguson, Missouri turmoil, it was this line that grabbed me:

“If we don’t have a specific agenda—a list of exactly what we want to change and how…”

Something to change; something to do. Something to do about the problems we face. Something to do to put into practice what I have read and what I am trying to learn. (Because, in reality, learning is not fully complete until we do something with any new way of thinking.)

I read business books. They are filled with insight. But, many people who “learn” ways to think from such insights do not necessarily put that thought into practice.

This is commonly called the “knowing-doing gap.” Maybe we should call it the “we talk about it, but never do anything about it” gap.

When a leader says, “This is what we should do now,” and then the people actually do it, that is when the real changes get made.

Randy Mayeux


Contributed by:
Randy Mayeux
Professional Speaker & Writer
Co-founder, First Friday Book Synopsis

2 responses

  1. Politics, what a slippery slope to comment on! I can work with a good decision, and I can correct a bad decision, but I cannot do anything with no decision being made at all!

    Sometimes that is where I have found myself, not taking an action when I could. Even if it is in my small world of influence. I would tell myself, “I knew better, but did not do better!”

    All over the world, very few things happen that just “popped” up today. They have been before us for a while. Did we take an action when the pieces were small enough to handle or did we just sit back and wait for someone to give us our opinion.

    This is our world and together we have to protect it!

    1. Love the quote you made in your beginning statement, Charles:

      ” I can work with a good decision, and I can correct a bad decision, but I cannot do anything with no decision being made at all!”

      So true. And thanks for commenting!

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