A client of mine recently shared this quote with me. It is taken from The Prince by Machiavelli and so it is around 500 years old.
It seems like a fitting quote to start the new year. As technology enables us to do things differently and to challenge the way we have always done things, it presents us with exciting possibilities.
But, as Machiavelli points out, transforming the way things are done is not easy. There will be those who will be resistant and those whose support for change will be half-hearted. But don’t let that stop you. The technology that enables change can also provide your support – think of a support network on Twitter, for example.
Here’s to great things for the year ahead!
And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them. Thus it happens that whenever those who are hostile have the opportunity to attack, they do it like partisans, whilst the others defend lukewarmly, in such ways that the prince is endangered along with them.
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