I want to change the world. That’s a problem. “Change the world” is one big elephant. It doesn’t give many good places to start. In
fact, it’s haltingly paralyzing. As a goal it is insurmountably overwhelming.
Have you ever looked up to a role model and said to yourself, “I want to be like him (or her).”? Maybe you want to be the next Seth Godin, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, John Lennon, Martin Luther King, Sarah Palin, etc. There’s just one problem. You can’t. They already took that job.
You can fight for their cause. You can be inspired by them. You can learn from them. But you can’t copy them.
You CAN be your best version of yourself. You can decide what you singularly want to see changed or created in the world. You can invent, innovate and inspire it incrementally, day by day. Do that long enough – for the sake of doing it, not for the money, the glory – and you may just change the world.
Stop wanting to change the world. Pick something to change. Do your best. Stand strongly for your convictions – These are big risks. You’ll be a lot more satisfied with yourself along the way. And you might just start to see the change in the world your seeking … It will start with what you see staring back at you in the mirror.
Are you chocking on an elephant? What’s something you can stand up for today to make the world a little bit better? Do it.