here are two special exercises for developing the initiative habit:

  1. Be a crusader. When you see something that you believe ought to be done, pick up the ball and run.
  2. Be a volunteer. Each of us has been in situations in which we wanted to volunteer for some activity but didn’t. Why? Because of fear. Not fear that we couldn’t accomplish the task, but rather fear of what our associates would say. The fear of being laughed at, of being called an eager beaver, of being accused of bucking for a raise holds many people back.