One of my favorite quotes of all time happens to be from Mahatma Ghandi:
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
I’ve certainly felt the first and second of these stages, and I now believe I’m entering into the third. But don’t confuse my motivation from the above quotes as originating from hate or anger — I genuinely want to change the minds of even my biggest detractors.
No matter how strong or compelling my data is, it will take much more to open minds to it. I need to put in the effort to communicate to the biggest doubters out there. And yes, I know the vast majority won’t change their minds. But a few will, and in the end, I believe it will be worth it.
And with that, I’ll close with another favorite from Ghandi:
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.