I'd like to take a moment from my regular broadcast to tip my hat to the people out there who aren't content to sit back and take life's knocks on the chin and actively seek to improve their lot in life. These are the people who are brave enough to take life by the balls and make something of it. They want either better work-life balance, more money, more skills, education, make the world safer, etc. They aren't content with second best and demand more from themselves. They kick themselves when they make mistakes and try to learn from past errors. The real smart ones try to learn from the mistakes of others too.
These are the people that make the world turn. These people are the rainmakers, the visionaries, the 'go-getters' of the world. The world is full of too many people are short sighted and think only of themselves and today and not tomorrow or of those who have to support the legacy of today.
I commend you people as you are the ones who hold the candle for a brighter, better tomorrow. You know who are. You lead by example and you inspire those around you - whether you're aware of it or not.
To those who don't, who meagerly accept their paycheck along with whatever else fate sends their way - you people need to take a good long hard look at yourselves and evaluate if you're going forwards, sideways or backwards. You then need to consider where you're going and whether or not you actually helping society. If you're not contributing, I'd like to say thankyou - because you make it easier for those of us who try to actually try to make a difference to stand out from amoungst the crowd for doing nothing more than staying true to our principles and to ourselves. To those of you who only try to save face and protect your own rep, karma will pay its own justice to you in the fullness of time. But even so, she's not so harsh a mistress that she will ever turn down a chance to make a difference.
If you're thinking you are hindering but want to change, try rocking the boat sometime. Don't accept mediocrity. Stand up for your principles. Don't take shit lying down. And for those times when you truly cannot fight the tide, get a lifeboat and get the hell out of there.
Life is too short to settle for second best.