This one’s a hard pill to swallow, but sometimes it’s not them, it’s you. Sometimes, though we could point to a million things keeping us from doing something, trying something, being something, or creating something; the real deal is that we just don’t have the guts to go for it. This is true whether we’re talking about individuals or organizations.
I don’t mean that to be harsh or unkind; I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else is. And it’s very human to experience fear, point out obstacles, and succumb to external (and internal) pressures not to make waves. But if you want your work (individually or organizationally) to matter, and if you want to make your little corner of the universe better, sometimes you just have to have the courage to go do something.
Whether we’re talking about individuals or organizations, sometimes folks will rally around you. Other times they won’t. Sometimes people will “get it.” Other times they won’t. Sometimes you’ll give your idea and it’ll go over swimmingly. Other times it won’t. Sometimes people will love your creativity. Other times they’ll think it’s idiotic, far-fetched, or any other number of things.
But none of that matters. In fact, just accept it. Sometimes, as an individual or an organization, others just won’t get you. And that’s fine. Have the guts to not care. Have the guts to make something happen.