Being Sure   2 comments

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I ran across this quote today:

“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.”  – Win Borden

After reading this quote, I was led to find out more about the person who said it and of course I went to Wikipedia for information.  Here is what it states:

Winston W. “Win” Borden (September 1, 1943 – January 20, 2014) was an American lawyer, businessman, and politician.

Born in Brainerd, Minnesota, Borden received his bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University, his master’s degree from University of Minnesota, and his law degree from University of Minnesota Law School. He practiced law, was a lobbyist, and owned a fish farm business. Borden served as a Democrat in the Minnesota State Senate from 1971 until 1978 when he resigned to work for the Minnesota Association of Commerce and Industry. He died in Brainerd, Minnesota.

So while the man who made the comment did not have a huge national following, I find there is much wisdom in the comment.  Many times people want certainty in making decisions.  They want to know that it is “right.”  What is amazing about this approach is determining the definition of “right.”  Sure there are some societal and religious definitions that are attached to this word but I do not believe those necessarily apply in this situation.  I think that what many people mean when they say they are waiting until it is “right” comes down to their desire that others approve and that they are not making a mistake which will impact them in a negative way.

I have blogged previously about the willingness to take a risk.  Here is another example where there is hesitancy in taking on risk.  There is fear of making a mistake, or even worse, failing.  There is fear of being rejected by others because of actions.  I have at times had this type of hesitancy.  However, I am learning that the truth contained in this quote is more and more real.  If you really want to make a difference, if you really want to change something, you have to be willing to act.

The other truth contained in this quote is that everything will probably never be right.  There may be aspects of your actions that are right.  There may be some certainties that exist which assist in your taking action.  But the is seldom, if ever, a time when everything is right.

So think through what you may be led to do.  Weigh as many factors as are readily available to you.  Consult with others.  However, never wait until everything is “right,” or you may find that you look back and see that you have done nothing.


2 responses to “Being Sure

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  1. I like that quote. Thanks for sharing. So very true.

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