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Courage From a Distance

Leadership
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
8:10 pm

AesopBack on November 11th, I posted a blog entitled “Innovation Requires Bold Courage.”

Today, an interesting related quote attributed to Aesop crossed my desk: “It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.”

I suppose this applies to all the armchair quarterbacks of the world and to all the folks who dream of innovation without really getting their hands dirty.  For football players, really bold courage means giving it all on icy Lambeau field in January.  For those who really innovate in technology, it means down-and-dirty, against-all-odds kind of innovation – a grind-it-out persistence in the face of criticism and doubt – not second guessing from the safe distance of the ivory tower.

I tip my hat to those who really innovate – and to those who brave the bitter cold of January football games in uncovered stadiums.

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