I Dare to Write What We’re Afraid to Say
I recently met with a fan of my post: “Why Innovation is Dying in San Antonio.”
We met at a Starbucks and he told me that I dared to put in print what everyone says to each other, but can’t say publicly. Especially senior level employees who might lose their job for speaking out.
I hadn’t thought about the incredible freedom I enjoy. I told him I had nothing to lose, I’m unemployed. He agreed, adding I had everything to gain by speaking out.
Profound how that works.
When I wrote my post I had accepted that the only views the posts I received were my own. I didn’t write it for recognition. I wrote it because it meant something to me. It just turned out 800+ people read what I wrote this time. They even commented!
Sure, not everyone agrees with my assessment but many did. I would say I have the majority on this one. Or at least a very vocal and passionate minority.
I noticed 107 USAA employees shared the article. And it was also shared among San Antonio’s city email. It’s amazing what can be tracked these days!
While I don’t know who these individuals are, or what they said to each other, I do know that my post grabbed attention that I wasn’t expecting.
Now that this has happened it prompted a reflection on my power to influence using a blog. Could I inspire the change I’ve been seeking? Maybe I can’t make decisions, but in posting could I help others change theirs?
It could be anyone. You could write something that changes the world. But do you dare?
There’s a long list of changes I would like to see, I’ve given up hope on some, but maybe if I write about them, maybe I can unite like-minded people who’ve been silent. I can give them a voice. Validate their opinion. I’m not afraid of getting fired. It makes me free to write.
I recognize that revolutionary ideas are not accepted at first. There will be heavy resistance, but in the end, if an idea is actually good, it will be celebrated.
Jonas Stalk comes to mind. He developed the Polio Vaccine with a dead version of the Polio Virus. He was met with heavy criticism at the time, many didn’t believe it would work. Now, what do you think about Dr. Salk?
History is full of these people. People who were not understood during their time, but eventually they were vindicated.
I realize that this was never about people, it was about new ideas. We focus on credentials instead truth.
If a young boy says the world isn’t the center of the universe, don’t focus on his youth, seek the evidence. The boy might be right!
It’s the idea, not the person that matters. The idea supersedes credentials.
From now on, I’m going to publish those ideas. Never mind who they’re from. Let’s see if they have merit and change the world for the better!