I used to work for a guy who would always ask me, "Matthew, do you want to sit around and watch things happen or do you want make things happen?" He wasn't really asking me so much as reaffirming our Brigade Commander and Asst. S-3 relationship. It was just his way of making sure I knew his intent - get out there and get things done. No excuses. No blame was ever issued to the unit commanders. The Colonel's response to a problem was always to turn to me and say, "Just fix it, Captain."
He was a great commander and he's a great General now.
Someone sent me the link to a veteran who took matters into his own hands during the Katrina disaster. The post is not an request for donations. It's just about what one man did.
"Do you just want to sit around and watch things happen or do you want to make things happen?"
John made things happen.