While a pandemic is not a sabbatical, your time in isolation can be a unique opportunity to learn something new or improve your skills. But if you’re one of the many people currently trying out online education (Coursera is seeing a 300% increase in students right now compared to this time last year), you’ll quickly realize it’s not quite like regular school. With an online class, it’s easy to get distracted (no one will scold you if you decide to text your friends or stream a Netflix show while watching a lecture), there’s little or no face-to-face interaction with teachers…
After the 2016 election results were tallied, I had a crazy thought: I need a gun. Mind you, I’ve never fired a handgun, let alone owned one — so this made no sense. And as a health writer, I know that statistically having a gun in my home makes me less safe, rather than more so. But good sense and rational thought were not top of mind. Fear was. Looking back, I was scared by the anger that had been unleashed on both sides of the political divide and of the resulting chaos that might ensue.
“Are you ready?” Klaus asked finally.
“No,” Sunny answered.
“Me neither,” Violet said, “but if we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”
— Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator
Personal progress. Professional progress. Collective, societal progress — all of it is born from a single person’s decision to act. To stand up. To speak out. To make a move. Usually, long before there’s any guarantee of success. Another point most of us fail to see: Action comes before the courage to act. Action spawns courage, not the other way around.
Action also generates motivation…
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