I really like this short opinion article — The power of ideas.
This reflects a philosophy that I’ve learned this year at Cambridge. It is a philosophy that I have not only learned but have come to believe in my core. Essentially, for me to be effective, authentic, persuasive and steadfast in the real world, I need a deep understanding of the ideal state. It is not enough to build on what’s already been done, seeing a few feet or five years ahead in the fog. Fundamental change happens when you know what you are aiming for over the next ten, twenty, fifty years, and there are a critical mass of people who believe in the same vision.
You can be idealistic and realistic at the same time. In fact, to be a change agent, you have to be.
This year has given me vision and that has been more valuable than any technical or business skills one might learn.