ABOVE ALL, TRY SOMETHING – Franklin D. Roosevelt

I don’t always know what to do as a leader. Sometimes my big plans don’t come to fruition. Sometimes progress collides with the proverbial brick wall. What’s a leader to do when that happens?

I first discovered these words at Hyde Park, New York, during a trip to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. Initially, I did not know what they meant. Try something? It seemed like an extremely simple statement coming from such a wise and accomplished man.

As I thought about it, I came to understand the immense power these four words contain. What this statement means to me is when you don’t know what to do, don’t freeze, retreat, or be dismayed. Instead, try something. We must have the courage to make a decision even when we are not sure it will produce a perfect result. We must try something.