Palin's resignation illustrates how adversity inspires creativity and its momentum.

Life is too short to compromise time and resources... it may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: "Sit down and shut up", but that's the worthless, easy path; that's a quitter's way out. And a problem in our country today is apathy. It would be apathetic to just hunker down and "go with the flow." Nah, only dead fish "go with the flow." Sarah Palin

This is one of those cases where the news provides a perfect example of this day's Today's Article on Warrior's Rules lesson (6.8.1 Adversity and Creativity). Unlike most commentators, I do not claim to know what Palin's intentions are beyond what she said in her speech, that is, "to advance in a new direction." However, I applaud the creativity of the move and the way that it changes the game.

Creativity Changes Positions: First, we must consider how it changes positions. As governor, Palin was a sitting duck, an easy target for her opponents, spending all her energy defending herself and her children from attacks. Though many will still attack her, starting with this decision, they will soon find that most of their basis for doing so, that she is unsuited for office, has disappeared. She is no longer in office and, I predict, will not be running for office, at least not in the near future.

Surprise Create Momentum: We can see how surprise creates momentum. Her resignation has taken over the news from its earlier hijacking by Michael Jackson's death, leading in all the Sunday news shows. Since the announcement, Sarah Palin has become a more central figure in American politics than anyone other than President Obama.

Surprise Leverages Chaos: Palin's approach is something new so no one knows what it means to the future. The normal rules by which their crystal balls function (so poorly), no longer apply. Politicians are not suppose to ever want to give up an political office except for a higher office. This is why everyone assumes incorrectly that she is running for the Presidency. What if she does something different? Like using her fame to help new people of both parties run against entrenched incumbents? What could create more validity for that position than leaving office and not running for a new one herself?