“Why is it that the greatest leaders of all-time seem to either have rabid fans or rabid critics? The answer is simple: truth polarizes.” – Orrin Woodward
Many people view the criticisms they receive for their dreams, beliefs, and actions as signs that what they are doing is somehow bad or wrong. The fact is, the opposite is very often true. I’ll go so far as to say that if you’re not running into struggles, you are doing something wrong. Or rather, chances are you aren’t doing anything at all.
People are not remembered for following the status quo, and no one will notice you enough to speak up if that’s all you’re doing. But as soon as you start messing with the established “way that things are,” heads will turn, and heads will roll (sometimes only metaphorically, sometimes literally).
I recently read a post from Orrin Woodward Blog: LIFE TEAM Leadership about this very subject. While I previously made a brief argument in my last blog regarding the opposition any great leader faces, Orrin goes into much greater depth.
Orrin Woodward on Truth:
German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer stated that all truth goes through three steps.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.
Entrepreneurs, by definition, work within the first two steps, since by the third step the real opportunities are gone. So don’t expect raving fans when you get started. Don’t expect everyone to celebrate you as a hero when ridicule or violent opposition is the beginning environmental conditions for all revolutionary change…
If you desire to make real change in the world, you will be opposed. The better your ideas, the more violently you will be resisted by the old order. Instead of being upset at this, take it as confirmation that you are on the right track. The establishment ignores you until it is threatened by your better ideas and execution