Them: You don’t want to be controversial. You want people to support your work.
Me: If I say something controversial, it only means that not everyone agrees with what I said. And nobody always agrees with everybody. But I don’t need everybody to agree with me – I only need some. And the way you find those folks is you stand in a field, you raise your flag and say, “Here I am. You are not alone. Let’s do this together”.
And the people who stand up are my sort of people. They are the ones I was looking for. And to them, I am not controversial. To them, I am just saying what is in their head, and sometimes they thought that they were the only one who thought that way.
You don’t gain anything by playing it safe. You don’t make change by walking down the middle of the road. History is made by those who make a stand.
So, I encourage you to take a stand. Find something you strongly believe in, and then defend it. And when you find your people, hang on to them.