Most of us play it safe. It’s always easier to pick the middle of the road than to steer to immediate left or the dangerous corner to the right where you might get swept of the cliff of career progression.
But damn does it feel good to go with conviction. Trust your instinct, your skills and your expertise and make a decision that shakes things up and finally gets things going in the right direction. Most people lack the courage to make those decisions, to put themselves at risk for the benefit of the group, company, etc.
Think about it, how often has your gut reaction been wrong in life? 5%, 2%, or less? Rarely is your gut reaction wrong. Sure you have to be careful, investigate, research and so on but at some point if your any good you have to pull the trigger.
How can anyone feel empowered when everyday is a life of driving down the middle of the highway. Driving along nice and slow, stopping along the way to talk about the same old issues that should have been dealt with a long time ago. So stow the Prius and jump into the Ferrari, hit the gas and feel the rush of the wind in your hair as you make the decision (s) everyone wishes someone would make. Sure you might make a mistake, get gooey egg in your face, might even get fired for your conviction. But you’ll never be a Henry Ford, a Mandela or ever feel like one unless you stick up for your convictionsand do what’s right. In business or in life sometimes doing what’s right makes you feel alive and happy. So step to it and jump in the deep end once in a while, you and others around you will be happy you did.