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Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including best-selling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

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The systems we create cannot change themselves, except in the predictable ways we've designed them to change. Only people can initiate those changes, and frankly, it always starts with one person. There's a bit of a paradox here. Very little is ever accomplished by one person, and yet nothing ever happens without one person stepping out of line and taking responsibility for the change - as though he or she were going to do it alone. The question we always face is, 'Who will be the One?' and the obstacle is that we always think someone else is better suited to the task. Even if we think we could do it, we worry about what others will think of us. Will they think we're on an ego trip or being self-righteous? Maybe we'll look naive, goody-goody, or just plain stupid. What if we fail or make matters worse? The reasons for doing nothing are persuasive.

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