Defeating the Evil Twins of Complacency & Indifference

During a recent talk, speaker Alison Levine made the following comment, “Fear is okay, but complacency will kill you.”

Levine’s remarks reminded me of another quote I read from a guy named Elie Wiesel, “The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”  

As a leader, it is important for me to be continually reminded that indifference and complacency are my enemies.

The two evil twins are bound to show up in every life, and left un-dealt with, they cause skills to erode, passion to wane, and dreams to die.

Unfortunately, most of us like to travel on easy street which is paved with comfort, the mother of the twins.

So how is a leader to win the fight against indifference and complacency?

Easy. One word. Initiative.

Like Thor’s hammer, initiative smashes indifference and complacency.

If you want to avoid the regret of easy street, I suggest you do something today. Set a goal, make a call, beat a deadline, sign up for a race, knock out a project you have been putting off for months. Just do something!

If you want to defeat the evil twins, indifference and complacency, initiative is your greatest weapon.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is one area of your life where you need to take initiative today?

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6 years ago

Too often I put off something I don’t want to do or something I think is too difficult. Instead I need to roll up my sleeves and tackle the project. I am in the middle of a project I put off because it seemed to intimidating to me. It looked like it was way over my head. Hopefully this weekend will conclude the project, successfully…
Thanks for the reminder…


6 years ago

Awesome, Jason! Thanks for commenting.

Robroy Wiley

6 years ago

Initiative is a valuable asset. Your post was a great reminder and something we all at some point suffer from.
It was worth my time to read.


6 years ago

Thanks, Robroy. I appreciate the comment!

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