Rights & Results

“It’s your right to do X” does not equal “it’s right to do X.”

To say “it’s your right” means you have the permission, power, or privilege to do a particular thing.

To say “it’s right” means your decision is good, effective, or profitable.

Having a right is usually a sign of freedom, but unfortunately it’s often used as a basis for mediocrity, unhappiness, and continued frustration.

I have the right to be bitter.
I have the right to not cooperate.
I have the right to complain.
I have the right to not listen to others.
I have the right to be stubborn.
I have the right to assume to a make assumptions.
I have the right to criticize.
I have the right to disagree.
I have the right to do it my way.
I have the right to yell.
I have the right to speak this way.

All of the above rights are capable of holding you back as much as they’re capable of propelling you forward if all you ever think about is what you have a right to do.

Keep this in mind the next time you seek to defend you behavior by appealing to your rights:

Life isn’t a just matter of what you can get away with based on your rights. It’s also a matter of how far you can go based on right thinking and right action.

You can assert your power to keep doing things in a way that isn’t working or you can use your power to create new options.

Keep fighting for your rights, but don’t forget about the importance of getting results. In the end, the latter is all people will remember.