Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 66 – The Initiative To Found The Red Cross

One or two people, somewhere, at some future time, will receive two pints of my blood thanks to a special procedure called a double red cell donation. portrait of Clara Barton

Most people don’t believe they are capable of initiative … (snip) … At the same time, almost all people believe they are capable of editing, giving feedback or merely criticizing. writes Seth Godin.

Without realizing it, I started a blog about initiative.

Initiative means breaking out of routine. It means proposing and implementing solutions rather than just criticizing the status quo.

Giving thoughtfully is often about taking initiative. Its about identifying a problem that needs to be fixed and finding a solution.

Tonight I gave blood which didn’t take much initiative. But Clara Barton and her friends did in 1881 when they founded the Red Cross. How many lives have been saved thanks to her early efforts?

I think Seth Godin might be right in that most people don’t believe they are capable of initiative.

But I also think that he’s wrong because we are all capable of initiative, whether we believe it or not.


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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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