A Call to Arms

June 27, 2011by

A Call to Arms

Put on your armor.
Take up your arms.

At the heart
of the status quo
you will find all the things that
resist all the changes
the world needs
from you.

Put on your armor.
Take up your arms.

Horace Vernet, The Soldier on the Field of Battle
Horace Vernet, "The Soldier on the Field of Battle" (1818)

For this enemy does not fight
fair or clean,
careless, thoughtless, reckless,
as petty and ignorant as
he imagines himself wise,
he is greed,
he is fear,
he is all the false hope and comfort
keeping power in the hands
of those invested in
myths of a bygone age.

Put on your armor.
Take up your arms.

It isn’t you
who believes this
is just the way the world works.
You know what has to change.
You know what has to be done.
You live
in a world of need, yours
and everyone else’s, and you have weapons
for this war.
You have work to do,
and whatever it is to which you are called,

Put on your armor.
Take up your arms.

for the tyranny of the game
the powers of this age
want you to play
will not go away and will not be shut down
until you

Put on your armor.
Take up your arms.


Inspired by Sacha Dichter‘s #Trust30 prompt, Call to Arms:

The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What if today, right now, no jokes at all, you were actually in charge, the boss, the Head Honcho. Write the “call to arms” note you’re sending to everyone (staff, customers, suppliers, Board) charting the path ahead for the next 12 months and the next 5 years. Now take this manifesto, print it out somewhere you can see, preferably in big letters you can read from your chair.

You’re just written your own job description. You know what you have to do. Go!

(bonus: send it to the CEO with the title “The things we absolutely have to get right – nothing else matters.”)

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