The years and energy you spent working towards a vision may be forgotten and credit may go to those who come after you. work towards your vision anyway. The life changing programs and organizations you build may be destroyed by the whims of those with resources and influence. Build life-changing with programs and organizations anyway.
The community you love and work hard to strengthen may occassionally doubt your motives and attack you. work hard to strengthen this community any way. The people you help may never understand or appreciate the hours you put in or other sacrifices you make. Help them anyway. when you fully engage in conversations about race, gender, disabillity, and other identities, you may make mistakes, get misinterpreted, or get hurt, fully engage in these conversations anyway.
If you work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, you may get stonewalled or punished by those with power and privilege. work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion anyaway. If you take risks to hire or invest in the communities and individuals who have been most affected by injustice or those who may not comform to society’s arbitrary standards, you may get burned in the short run. Take the risks anyway.
Openly share your failures and lessons learned, and people may look down on you and use your words against you. openly share your failures and the lessons you gain anyway. If you speak up against unjust philosophers and practices, you may lose donors, funders, colleagues, and other supporters. speak up against injustice anyway. Many volunteers, board members, donors, funders, community members, and colleagues are frustrating to work with. Appreciate their efforts and find the good in them anyway.
If you work hard and do things ethically, you may get surpassed by less competent people and organizations with privilege, connections, or flexible ethics. Work hard and do things ethically anyway. If you take the high road, you may get attacked by those who take the low road, and you may not be able to defend yourself. Take the high road anyway.