Nail your colours to the mast

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It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and point out what everyone else is doing wrong.

Your detachment from the action might give you a valuable, external perspective but it’s unlikely you’ll find an participant in the action who will listen to your opinion.

Opinions are like arseholes – everyone has one – and right now, you don’t have any skin in the game.

If you want to change the flow of the action, the most direct way is to act yourself.

Your actions will have an impact on the dynamics of the situation and the action itself will have an impact on your opinions and perspectives.

They’ll be more valuable now they’ve been tested and vetted by the game.

Other actors will also be more likely to listen to you now that your opinions have been forged by participation.

This means you have to nail your colours to the mast and get out there if you want to make a real difference.

But who ever said it was otherwise?