Ever tried to buy initiative at your local Wal-Mart or Target? I think it’s in the sporting goods aisle, or maybe over in electronics.
You can’t buy initiative.
You can’t dig for it like gold.
You can’t go around the world in search of it.
Nobody will walk up to you and hand you a bag of initiative.
You take the bull by the horns, to use a good-ole southern expression, and you go and do the thing that needs doing. Most of the time people aren’t appointed to “take the initiative”.
Man walking on the moon started with John F Kennedy, and then it spread by assignment until mankind has walked on the moon a few times. President Kennedy took initiative and declared the thing and it became so.
Mankind has accomplished some amazing feats simply because somebody took the initiative. People who wait for permission, or wait to be asked often find themselves still standing around after the last dance, or after the lights have been turned out and the game is over.
There are perhaps a hundred ideas in your home, work place and neighborhood just waiting for someone to take the initiative.
P Michael Biggs
One Word at a Time