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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Action brings change -- bad or good

I wrote last week that Alexey Semyonov of the Sakharov Foundation and Professor Baktybek Abdrisaev of Utah Valley University called Kyrgyzstan Central Asia's only nation to have "forced regime change," both observing that its people are "willing to fight for their rights."

We each can profit from learning about the interconnections among seemingly unrelated events to draw lessons and build a better world. Change breeds change. The Kyrgyz situation will evolve further -- as will situations in Myanmar, Cambodia and elsewhere. Nothing shall remain the same.

But change doesn't always bring good things.

Ideas are the catalyst of action. People of different temperament patterns -- organizational consultant Dr. Linda V. Berens called them theorist, catalyst, improviser, and stabilizer -- seem essential for good thinking and action.

President Andrew Jackson advised: "Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in."

Action opens door to many possibilities: the good and the bad.

Two strong proponents of action, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Theodore Roosevelt, leave us with invaluable insights.

"I never worry about action, but only about inaction," Churchill said. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts" -- "going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."

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