Stand for Something!!
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something in your life.” – Sir Winston Churchill
Sir Winston certainly was a controversial figure. He often rubbed people up the wrong way, was not well-liked by everyone in British parliament, and was also disgraced at one stage after a failed invasion in World War I. But one thing Sir Winston was not, was wishy-washy. He openly stood for his convictions, and didn’t back down to opposition. So when Britain went to war, he was called back into government and became Prime Minister. He united the nation during wartime, but lost that title during peacetime. And as soon as the Soviets looked like they were becoming a threat, he was voted Prime Minister again. It earned him the title of British Bulldog.
Remarkable people stand for something. They have the courage of their own convictions, and will take the criticism for them because they believe in them so strongly that they can’t let them go. This doesn’t mean that they are necessarily obnoxious – it just means that they speak the truth as they see it. Mother Teresa, the most influential person in the world in the ‘90’s, had a gentle heart, but an iron will. Her views could offend everyone in a room, and yet she could still get a standing ovation.
Too often in our lives, in my life, we only stand for our convictions as long as people agree, or as long as it doesn’t alienate us, or as long it’s convenient. All our lives we are taught to conform and fit in, yet the remarkable people are those that go against the tide, who stand out, who are possibly even weird. There’s a lesson in there – being remarkable is often actively discouraged.
But surely there must be some things in your life that are more important than that. What would they be? And if you look at the people that would oppose you for standing on those convictions, what are their reasons? I’ll hazard a guess that the reasons are often more to do with their own insecurities than your plans. Remarkable people will always polarize their audiences – those with whom they resonate they will inspire and encourage, and those who want to stick with the flow, or the mediocre, will be challenged and repelled.
What do you need to stand for today?
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