Somebody did it right

By Jami Jones
senior editor


In today’s apathetic society, the mantra of the masses seems to be “Somebody needs to do something about …”

No matter the problem or issue, too many people just whine and cry about it. Whether they make the excuse of being powerless or they simply are lazy, but too many people put the burden of working toward a change on the nameless, faceless “somebody” else.

This reminds me of an old story that’s taught in business schools around the country. It’s the story of four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

It goes like this. Read it slowly and think about it.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.

Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Let me introduce you to OOIDA member Mike DeLisle. He read an analysis on the lack of enforcement of the English-proficiency standard and to put it mildly was bent. Rather than sit on his tail end and wait for “Somebody” to make a change in his home state of New Hampshire, Mike picked up the phone and called his state lawmaker.

One guy. One phone call. That’s all it took to make a difference.

The lawmaker took Mike’s concerns to heart and saw there was a need for driver’s license tests to be administered in English only. With the help of OOIDA, legislation was written to that effect and is now being considered in New Hampshire.

The battle is on in New Hampshire, thanks to Mike DeLisle. It will be a tough one, but it is one that would not have happened if Mike had waited on “Somebody” else to make a difference. LL