We lost a great mind in Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She fought against the tide all her career, itself a story of perseverance, and did so unrelentingly and continually won new ground.
Now as her final honor, she is the first woman to lie in state at the Capitol.
She told why in every giant step she took.
In Simon Sinek’s seminal book “Start with Why” he expounds on the requirement to convince others to join your own revolution, to explain to skeptics and naysayers why you are doing what you are doing, so much more powerful than what you are doing.
Without comparing RBG to others, this is exactly what MLK did and JFK, Mandela too. They saw a new dawn and articulated why it was achievable in their lifetime, and left a legacy for us to complete.
RBG has left an indelible mark on our progress. She achieved rockstar status in popular culture, an astonishing feat for a SCOTUS justice without a PR agent to pump her and soundbite her.
A few of her quotes that demonstrate a vision, her “why” (from CNN):
Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say, ‘My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.’ But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow.
And perhaps the best “why: quote of all:
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
Thank you RBG. Your “why” is a blessing to this country and its progression.
Will you be memorable for your “why,” in your own spheres? Do you tell your “why” in your LinkedIn profile and other places as your brand trails before and after you?