“Everything that I have done I’ve done because I went out and I played in traffic and something happened…. If you go push yourself out there and you see people and do things and participate and get involved, something happens…. Just show up, get in the game, go play in traffic. Something good will come of it, but you’ve got to show up.” — Joseph J. Plumeri, chairman and CEO of Willis Group Holdings, insurance brokers (The New York Times, Sunday, December 6, 2009).
I could not say it any better myself. The power of initiative, of intelligent persistence, is great. You can’t win the game sitting on the sidelines.
In closing, three proverbs:
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
“Faint heart never won fair lady.”
“The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”