Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Have the courage to write and express your ideas

Our second President, John Adams, once wrote that the best way to defend our ideas was through using our minds: “Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” 

So, dare to read and develop your understanding. Carve out the time to think and form new ideas. Dare to speak out and challenge assumptions and accepted wisdom if your view differs from them. Have the courage to write, publish, and be heard. Launch your ideas and be an integral part of the conversation. Why? Because it makes our nation and our profession stronger. In the end, no one of us is as smart as all of us thinking together.

The rest of Admiral James R. Stavridis' article is HERE.


Anonymous said...

Take your own advice captain and write something original on this website.

Sean Heritage said...

" one of us is as smart as all of us thinking together."

This singular statement is the reason I started to publicly share my personal thoughts. Though I question myself with each and every post, I share in hopes of others reciprociating by sharing their ideas and making the collective smarter. In essence, we share ideas not because we think our ideas are any better than anyone else's, but because we know how important it is to share and appreciate when others do the same.