Backbone vs. Wishbone

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Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”
–  Socrates

William Becker said, “The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone.”  All of us have a wishbone that functions very well.  I think we would all agree that a backbone is more important.

But, why is it that some people just naturally seem to have more backbone than others?  My theory is that courage is a direct result of confidence.  Confident people seem to accept major challenges.  How do we develop confidence?  I believe the gaining of knowledge leads to confidence.  That’s just one of the reasons that it is important to continue to learn and grow, don’t you think?

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Matt Knisely (www.mattknisely.com) is a multi Emmy® award-winning Photojournalist and Storyteller focusing on social-awareness campaigns with non-profits around the globe, having traveled into 35+ countries.  Additionally, he is a media/broadcast consultant, innovator, thinker and cultural architect. He serves as the director of communications and innovation at Lawton First  (www.lawtonfirst.org) in Oklahoma where he develops creative solutions for communications, media, technology and the Web.  You can follow him on Twitter @mattknisely (www.twitter.com/mattknisely).

  • Great post. I consume quite a few books, and this made me look at how diverse my reading has been. Lately I’m as diversified as an 87 year old retiree. Time to change it up a bit. Thanks!

  • Leah Stockholm

    Nice Post! Totally something to think about 🙂

  • Thanks guys. I really have been challenged by this the last few weeks of the new year and plan on excepting the challenge this year.

  • Sarah Houghton

    Really cool. And I agree that knowledge helps our confidence. I love to learn as well! There’s so much to learn about! It’s just too bd I figured that out AFTER high school, haha!