Challenging the Status Quo

Ever wondered why the best quotes are summed up in a sentence or less?

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsch

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill

“Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way”  -Charles Bukowski

It’s because wisdom is hard to express and rare to find.

A lot of people confuse knowledge with wisdom. A person who talks a lot may not necessarily be an expert. A person who is famous is not always right. A person who spends a lot of time in meetings is usually not productive.

Mahatma Gandhi had a poster behind him to warn such people. It said, “Be quick, be brief, be gone”

Wisdom happens when you have the courage to listen to your inner voice. It happens when you refuse to bow down to the noise of the outer world. It happens when you start challenging the status quo.

You can choose to read all the books in the world and become knowledgeable. You can stand in your ivory tower and mock at the ones who dare to tread a different path. But beware, the same people are the ones who make paradigm shifts happen.

Begin challenging the status quo now. Start small, fail a lot and become wise quickly. The earlier you start defining your own path, the lesser energy you’ll have to waste later.

Because once you are successful in changing the status quo, the ones with knowledge will flock to you for your wisdom.



  1. Yatin said:

    Hi Nikshep

    Ya, when we have lovely connection with inner voice, the words flow out in a natural manner. Then the length of words don’t matter.
    I really like your thought: Start small, fail a lot and become wise quickly. Most of the time, we forget the power of small things. Instead of aiming high, we must connect the small dots in the beginning
    I am adding two more quotes to your lovely connection
    Everything you can imagine is real – Pablo Picasso
    What you seek is seeking you- Rumi
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post

    March 8, 2015
    • Yatin, those are some wonderful quotes buddy! Thank you for your kind words :)


      March 21, 2015
  2. Carol Amato said:

    What an awesome thought, Nik!

    I really resonated with your post. We need to be true to what our core beliefs are and not follow but lead from what we know we’re destined to do.

    You’re absolutely right! There is a huge difference in knowledge and wisdom. I’m a seeker of gaining wisdom, that’s for sure.

    Thanks for sharing, and I hope you have a wonderful afternoon.

    Carol Amato

    March 17, 2015
    • Hi Carol :)

      I’m happy the post resonated with you! Thanks for taking time to visit SUL! Have a great week ahead!


      March 21, 2015
  3. Ikechi Awazie said:

    Hi Nik

    I love this post and you do know how to spark creativity in my mind.

    You are right about challenging Status quo and I love the way you talked about Wisdom which becoming a misused word. I am in support that just because one has knowledge does not mean that he is wise.

    I agree that to challenge status quo, we need to start small, fail a lot and become wiser quickly. This is so true and it is something that I tell myself all the time.

    Thanks for sharing this message and I will pass it on to others.

    March 23, 2015
    • Hey Ikechi!

      It was an experimental mini-post and I am glad it sparked the fire of creativity in you! :) Thanks for your kind words..

      March 25, 2015
  4. Ahmad Imran said:

    Such a beautiful collection of words to describe a wonderful concept. Well done Nik…

    April 6, 2015

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