Mavericks are not necessarily the most knowledgeable or the most intelligent, but rather, the most resourceful. “Hoping for more” is a waste of time and “having it all” is often a curse disguised as a blessing.
Constraints encourage creativity for the truly committed as they provide the impetus to take one more look, ask one more question, and try one more approach. Simply put, constraints make complacency a non-option.
A lack of resources is an all too common justification for idleness, but circumstances should never be a gauge for action. Deficiencies are never more harmful than existing strengths are beneficial (unless, of course, we obsess about them).
Getting started and acting boldly demonstrates commitment and attracts more support and more resources.
The challenge is recognizing what we currently have to work with and then using this capital in ways never before considered. This is the crux of what it means to be resourceful: creating new solutions and seizing opportunities with finite means. Seventeenth-century French author François de La Rochefoucauld claimed, “Nothing is impossible… if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.”
Sometimes the greatest accessible resources are creativity, perseverance, and the ability to act. In a Maverick’s life, there are numerous times when those were the only tools available—but they were still enough to turn imagination into new possibilities.
The Carthaginian military commander, Hannibal, is often credited as one of the finest commanders in history. He was widely known for his confidence in making the impossible possible with this maxim: “We will either find a way, or make one.”
Nothing becomes impossible due to a lack of resources; it’s simply that some endeavors require more creativity than others. We don’t need “everything” to get started. All we need is all we have.
Be a Maverick,
* Maxim attribution: Unknown
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