Initiating a project, a blog, a start-up, a family journey, these are things that don’t come naturally to many people. The challenge is in initiating something even when you are not putatively in charge.

Not enough people believe they are capable of productively starting something. More often we are told to do something, follow the step by step process. Its easier to wait to be told what to do, than to initiate something on your own.

At the same time, almost all people believe they are capable of editing, giving feedback or merely criticising.

So finding people to fix your typos is easy.

I don’t think the shortage of initiators and innovators has much to do with the innate ability to create or initiate. I think it has to do with believing that it’s possible and acceptable for you to do it. We have only had these particular doors open wide for a decade or so.

Unfortunately most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not to design it.

That used to be your job. It’s not, not anymore. You go first, initiate.

The average wants to copy and edit. In the connection economy, those that make a difference are the ones who creates and innovates.

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