This week’s #WednesdayWisdom is a paraphrase of John Boyd’s famous speech, ‘Roll Call.’


One day you’ll come to a fork I the road and you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go:

If you go that way you can be somebody. You’ll have to compromise yourself and turn your back on your friends, but you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and will get good assignments.

Or you can go that way and you can do something – something for the betterment of humanity and something for yourself. If you decide you want to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get the good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors, but you won’t have to compromise yourself. You will be true to your friends and yourself. And your work might make a difference.

To be somebody or to do something.

In life there is often a roll call –> That’s when you have to make the decision: to be or to do – which way will you go?