Everyone wants to be considered visionary. I know I do. But more important than that, I want my life not to be marked by just vision alone; I want my life to be known for action...that I actually did what I set out to accomplish.
But to do this, you must not only know the vision, you must have some concrete idea on how to get there.
For example, it isn't enough to know "true north" for your life, organization, or an industry...or even culture. You need a practical roadmap to get there. You need to know how many tolls you will pass, how much gas it takes to get there, etc.
I find many "visionaries" don't like this level of planning and preparation. It can feel stifling. True visionaries know this is just part of the process and push through this aspect.
Sure, anyone can be "visionary" (or at least pretend to be). Not everyone can lead others in how to get there. You need to be able to do both, or, find someone who can help translate vision into action.
I guess I could just sum up this post with this fact:
There is no Steve Jobs without Steve Wozniak. Either find your Woz, or plot the path, not just the destination.
While I do agree with Michael in principal, the notion that it doesn't matter if you're black or white doesn't hold true in the real world. Let's just step back for a moment and think about the social implications of color alone. It has been no secret that many have highlighted and identified color and various associations as a contributing factor to racial bias in society. From literature, media, to the criminal justice system; many have negative associations to the color black or blackness.
"Being Black is Just About the Same as Having a Felony" In the Job Market.
Princeton professor writes for CNN on this important topic as well. Take a look at the findings of her little experiment. I wonder what more could be done to support entrepreneurship in marginalized communities as an alternative solution until these issues are better addressed and dealt with. I don't think this path is considered enough and more can be done to support this avenue as a legitimate tool for social justice and economic development. Read the excerpt below.
This is the thing. Learning can be hard. Why? Because most of the time, it means we are either admitting we don't know something or that we are held views that were previously wrong. This is tough considering we live in an age where admitting you were wrong (either to others or yourself) can be a risky and vulnerable thing. Yet, despite this, true leadership calls for the "growing pains" of learning. Are you actively feeling this pain?
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