“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something.” – Winston Churchill
This quote has always resonated with me since I first heard it. It’s a valuable lesson that is so unfortunately forgotten and ignored. Another variation I once heard somewhere is “if you’re not making enemies, than you’re doing it wrong.” Though, the use of the term ‘enemy’ doesn’t have to just apply to the core sense of the word as in hatred. It can be any adversary or someone who strictly stands against you.
For numerous reasons people hate change. Whether it’s laziness, inability, fear or what have you. We get too comfortable in our situation that we dig so deep a hole to the point where we forget that any other possibilities may exist. We think of the choices as being whatever is current or something that overly opposes it. Less often the answer is, or should be, a compromise of both – a matter of meeting in the middle thus creating a new solution. But again, people are also afraid of compromise. To many it always has to be one side or the other. This is why nothing ever changes.
There is always more than two sides to something. Many pick option A and then many will pick option B. But only few will ever pick, let alone realize, there is always an option C. There is nothing wrong with being on either side however it’s the people in the middle that usually tend to make the difference. It’s tough to stand up for something when you face such opposition that makes you feel like you’re inadequate. But if you are getting resistance then you’re going in the right direction. Even more, if you are making enemies on both sides, then you’re conceiving change. The more you stray from the common path the more you will be able to explore the road less traveled which can make all the difference (Robert Frost). Don’t mistake meeting resistance as a bad thing, don’t be afraid to pursue your ideas and beliefs and don’t let those who fight change stop you as you may be the only hope.
With all this said, it’s obviously not all encompassing. The fact is nothing ever is but it’s more than enough to fit as a general rule to live by.