This Maya Angelou quote really resonated for me.
If you are striving to make this world a better place for all people, there are times in which you will be standing alone because you have to have the courage of your convictions to say things that make you unpopular at times. You have be willing to do the right thing when others seek the most expedient thing to do, are willing to sell you out for their own comfort, cower in the shadows or are reluctant to take a stand.
In some parts of the world, working to make it a better place for all people means literally putting your own life in jeopardy to do so.
You also must have the unshakeable courage of your convictions. You must have a great grasp of history in order to learn from the mistakes of your predecessors and better formulate a plan what will work in the politcal and historic times you live in.
You must know your enemy and most importantly, know yourself so that your intent to make the world a better place for everyone becomes action that accomplishes that goal.