“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”
– George Washington Carver
It’s been said that humanity can often fear the unknown—especially when venturing into unfamiliar territory. Change is something I would say many classify as the “unknown.” Change, at times, can seem daunting when it’s uncertain how it will impact the future. However, I believe when we take a leap of faith and embrace change, it brings to light some of the most spectacular discoveries.
In tandem with change, I believe boldness is also required. It requires a particularly bold individual to drive change of any kind—regardless of how challenging it may be.
George Washington Carver embodies boldness. He was an agricultural scientist and inventor most notably recognized as the “Peanut Man” for creating over 300 products from peanuts. He was the first African American to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and the first African American to receive a monument in his name, the George Washington Carver Monument—a monument that was previously only granted to presidents.
George encapsulates what it means to have a bold sense of character and drive change. Even though he faced adversity (like being kidnapped and losing his parents), he wasn’t afraid to pursue what interested him and drive change forward—that is bold.
For anyone who is currently trying to drive change, I commend you. Change is bold, and change requires a bold character.
Thank you, George, for your boldness.