War With Apathy

by  Mike Henry  |  Leadership Development

In a discussion a few days ago, Mandy Vavrinak made an observation that I promised to write about. She has a knack with words and can typically apply precise wording to a particular effort or idea. She said I was “at war with apathy.”

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines apathy as:

  1. A lack of feeling or emotion
  2. A lack of interest or concern

Wikipedia defines apathy as: Complete lack of emotion or motivation about a person, activity, or object; depression; lack of interest or enthusiasm; disinterest.

Defining my passion has always been difficult for me.  I guess I’m too close.  Mandy pegged it in 5 words. Life without passion is no life. I’m at war with Apathy.

Hot or Cold?


Why be lukewarm? Why do anything if you’re not going to do it with all your being?  I confess to times when I lack energy or passion for a given activity or project. Today for example, I’ve been tired and listless, but knowing I must write this article.  In fact when I write, I get energy – it’s the beginning that’s sometimes difficult.

Ron Hudson asked a question on Facebook the other day, “How many times do you say ‘No?'” I realize that every Yes means No to so many other things. If I’m down as a “No,” then don’t expect anything from me. But if I’m a “Yes,” then by all means I want my “Yes” to be “Yes” 100 percent; maybe more.  Whatever I do, I want to do it with all that I am.

Today, whatever you choose to do, do it with everything you have.  Bring your ‘A’ game or stay home. I realize that this blog is read by people with a common passion. The ideas behind the Lead Change Group center on a passion to make a positive difference. I may be preaching to the choir, but we all need to remember nevertheless.

Choose Once

Choose carefully.  Once you choose, commit. Resist the temptation to re-choose.

Honor your plan with your best effort. Passion and commitment add flavor to any accomplishment. Significant, meaningful achievements require your all.

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” ~ Vince Lombardi


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Mandy Vavrinak  |  27 Oct 2009  |  Reply

Thank you for the shout out… I love the post that resulted from our conversation! You captured the concept succinctly… Bring your “A” game. Appreciate the reminder to stay on guard against apathy, and “it’s good enough” attitudes. I’m so glad to know you :)
.-= Mandy Vavrinak´s last blog ..ODOT Learns Twitter The Hard Way =-.

Mike Henry  |  27 Oct 2009  |  Reply

The shout and passing along the credit is the least I can do. I appreciate how you helped un-stick me on this subject. Glad to be making a difference with you.

Susan Mazza  |  27 Oct 2009  |  Reply

War with apathy. Excellent – where do I enlist?!? Great post Mike. Perhaps the hopelessly apathetic won’t hear your message, but I suspect there are a whole lot of people who are looking to be shoved out of their apathy and reading this would do a whole lot of good!
.-= Susan Mazza´s last blog ..Every Child is Our Child =-.

Mike Henry  |  27 Oct 2009  |  Reply

Thanks Susan for the comments. It does seem that our economy and other forces are helping to mobilize people who are tired of the status quo. I’m honored to be in the battle with you.

Dallas Bragg  |  27 Oct 2009  |  Reply

Thank you for this post! Very inspiring. I was in a war with apathy today. I was feeling defeated by my lack of productivity. Your thoughts defintely help inspire me to stand aginst slothfulness!
.-= Dallas Bragg´s last blog ..Watch that Workplace Jargon! =-.

Mike Henry  |  27 Oct 2009  |  Reply

Hey, there’s another title, Stand Against Slothfulness. Thanks for the comment. Glad you got past the feelings of defeat.

Michael Leiter  |  28 Oct 2009  |  Reply

Apathy is ever so dull.
Your point on choosing is cogent, as enthusiasm needs a focus to turn into anything. A lot of leadership is articulating values and helping a group focus energy on shared values. It’s a place where leaders earn their keep.

All the best,

Mike Henry  |  29 Oct 2009  |  Reply

I like the quote: “Enthusiasm needs a focus to turn into anything.” Well said. Thanks for the comment.

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