Taking Initiative

Taking Initiative (1:50)

“Initiative is a way to give yourself power. Being the one that goes for something without waiting for someone else to give you permission will always put you in a position to create opportunities for yourself and connect with people that can take you further in life.”

Video Transcript

Initiative is a way to give yourself power. Being the one that goes for something without waiting for someone else to give you permission will always put you in a position to create opportunities for yourself and connect with people that can take you further in life.

Sitting back waiting for things to happen in your life is just not how the world works, whether it’s personal, professional, school, you’ve got to go out and you’ve got to ask questions.

When you see something that’s not being done, and you think you can work a little extra and take care of that and lead by example, say, “Hey, I think we can improve that process or something. And I’d like to take a stab at that. Can I do that?”

There’s a 50/50 chance when you take an initiative. You might not get the results you want, and you might get the results you want. But at the end of the day, because you took the initiative shows how strong you are. And that in itself is an accomplishment.

Don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable, to be uncomfortable in something, in doing something you’ve never done before, or seeing something you’ve never seen before. Take the initiative to learn about it and then to explore it.

Taking initiative can look like asking your teacher for an additional project. It could be asking your teacher, “Hey, what other things could I be learning that can help me in class?”

Don’t wait for people to assign you responsibilities. Go volunteer for them. All of these things are going to improve your overall satisfaction and your standing, and most importantly, get you recognized by others.

So I think without initiative, you will just basically sit back and let the world happen to you as opposed to you making the world your oyster and being able to give something to the world that the world has never seen before.

Discussion Guide

Independent Learning Discussion Guide: This all-purpose guide can also be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a valuable discussion about what it means to take initiative.

Classroom Lesson Plan

Learn about the power of taking initiative and how stepping up to ask for more responsibility can change your life.

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth “before, during, and after” learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.

Empowerment Activities

Use Empowerment Activities as a fun way to reinforce the video topic and build community with your students.

Fun Page Activity

Fun Page Activity: Read stories about young people who each saw a problem and took the initiative to address it. Then, learn how to use your own initiative to solve problems in your community.