Ignorance won’t lead you to change

Delhi’s been under a lot of smoke (pun not intended) lately. And it’s been the topic of major discussions the past couple of weeks. What amuses me is how people have/are responding to the whole situation — not well, and that’s just putting it lightly.

I see four major camps:

  1. Complainers — they like to complain but don’t feel the need to do anything about it. What can they, if the situation is clearly out of their control? So, they complain some more.
  2. Escapers — they actively plan to leave the city for a few days (some are even planning to immigrate to a “better” country for a “better” lifestyle) till the “dust” settles down.
  3. Activists — they’re busy going out on the streets, literally and virtually, to make their voices heard so that the authorities take notice and do what needs to be done.
  4. Coolers — they would just like to chill because they know things are going to be okay in a few days. They, however, don’t feel the need to “overreact” as the situation is clearly out of their control.

I’ve got friends, family and acquaintances across the four camps above. But only a handful of them in the “activists” camp. And that’s sad. You know why? Because that’s one camp that actually could make change happen. They’re passionately involved in making enough noise to make themselves heard while the others are busy complaining, ignoring and fleeing the city.

This is what leadership is all about — choosing to lead and making strides towards a cause that’s bigger than you instead of staying in your comfort zone making things to get better for you. My experience tells me the best things in life don’t come easy regardless of who you are, what you do and where you live.

Sometimes you have to fight, go out on the streets, scream on top of your lungs to get what you want. And it takes courage to do that.

P.S. Thanks to the activists and change makers, the supreme court intervened to impose tough measures on government officials to improve air quality in Delhi. Your voice matters. Period.

P.P.S. Speaking of voicing your thoughts… I’m launching my very own podcast tonight, check it out here — This Might Not Work.

By Sunil Nair

Nurturing leaders of tomorrow.

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