One of the most important things to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are, for what you might become. (W. E. DuBois, late American sociologist)
DuBois seems to suggest that it’s possible to be so satisfied with the status quo, at least as far as you personally are concerned, that you don’t think it’s important to strive for improvement. Surely, no one seriously thinks that way, do they? None of us is perfect, and for our personal growth and for the benefit of those we influence, we ought to work toward growth.
If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer. . . . Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave. (Proverbs 9:12; 12:24)