When You Shouldn’t Follow The Rules

Today, one lesson remains above the rest: sometimes, when the risk of regret is too great, following the rules isn’t worth it – and you need to write your own.

Laura Lane talks about why and when you shouldn’t follow the rules.

“Be the change you want to be in the world.”

Laura Lane was a consular officer at the U.S. embassy in Kigali and served as the liaison between the U.S. ambassador, the Hutu-led government forces, and the Tutsi rebel force, the RPF.

Although she followed State Department orders to evacuate, “We could have made a difference, and I was so frustrated. … Nobody wanted to take the risk of American casualties. … We were the embassy community. We could have made a difference.”