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“Don’t start nothing won’t be nothing.”

For every action there’s a reaction. But don’t provoke someone or something without clear conviction.

If you’re going to ruffle some feathers, do it because you really believe in change. And be willing to take full accountability for your actions.

Unfortunately, you’re not always going to win the fight, and certainly not in the beginning. Snowden called out the NSA for spying on the world and is barred from returning to the United States without a sentencing. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to make a statement about segregation yet found herself in jail.

Obedience is the end of freedom. In order to grab attention, you have to be willing to stake your claim and fight. You have to say what others are afraid to discuss; otherwise, things will just keep moving along as they are.

The audacity of hope is also the audacity to provoke.

Provocation ignites a healthy debate, one that gets others thinking differently about their own everyday beliefs.

What do you believe in? Playing it safe guarantees you’ll live a life of anonymity. But if you want to be remembered you’ll start something great and get people to rally behind your cause. We’re all just puzzle pieces trying to do the right thing.

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Pragmatic Rebellion

How often do you break the rules? How often are you the person to stand up against something everyone knows is absurd?

People are standing up to fight wrongdoing:

  • Birkan Isin saved an Istanbul park from destruction and sparked Turkey’s mass protests
  • Snowden gut checked the NSA and lit a worldwide discussion on the future of Internet privacy
  • Ai Wewei continues to expose the flaws of “Chinese democracy” through his art

All it takes is one person to stand up and point out obvious injustices. A practical cause quickly creates awareness and widespread advocacy.

Everyone knows what’s right but is afraid to speak up or act. Racial segregtation would’ve persisted if Rosa Parks simply gave up her seat.

Rebellion is sometimes pragmatic, not a threat against the rules but a chance to question them and clean them up. But it takes balls to be the one to rise and light that fire. Risk can be life-threatening. So is inaction.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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The Introvert

On the misunderstood Introvert:

My own formula is roughly two hours alone for every hour of socializing. This isn’t antisocial. It isn’t a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: “I’m okay, you’re okay—in small doses.”

Don’t underestimate the quiet thinker for he/she is often bolder.

Two introverts, Ronald Reagan and Rosa Parks, spoke softly and carried a big stick. Big enough to change the world.

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