We are all without excuse

I don’t know where he got the quote from, but my dad says it all the time:

“Oh ’tis a new day dawning, tell me will you let it slip uselessly away…”

We have access to the world’s information at our fingertips, and the barrier to entry in almost any field worth mentioning is lower than ever.

When you get right down to it, we aren’t really precluded by time or capital or access or opportunity. What we’re really precluded by is fear. Fear, stubbornness, and self-deception.

There will never be a perfect time to act (aside from two years ago), but this doesn’t stop people from launching businesses, having kids, and joining the circus every day.

The only issue worth discussing is whether or not we have decided that we are willing to put in the necessary work to achieve our goals.

Not the emailing and research and planning and operational items, but rather the emotional labor of beating down the brick wall of Resistance every day.

We surround ourselves with people who implicitly and explicitly reinforce the lies we tell ourselves about why we’re not further along, what we need in order to progress, and how much time is needed before we’re ready.

What we really need is to surround ourselves with is people who have long since sold out for excellence, to take an honest look at our own pathetic efforts, and to be ashamed.

Ashamed every day that we haven’t done more, sooner, and with more conviction.

And the next step — the only possible next step — is action.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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