You know that whole quote: “be the change you want to see in the world” that we attribute to Gandhi all the time? Well, he didn’t actually say it. Now this actually is good advice, and even though he didn’t actually say it the way we attribute it to him, I believe he’d support the idea. Here’s what he really said, though…
Life is too short to not do something you’re totally passionate about. To not do something legendary.
We’ve heard advice this like a thousand times, in the message of every motivational speaker we’ve ever heard. We’ve heard it in inspirational videos on YouTube, and in virtually every inspiring graphic that people share on social media.
The problem is that these motivational sound-bytes skip one really important idea: it can be hard to bust out of our ruts, especially if those ruts were built by a lifetime of conditioning.
Change is hard. Even small changes, such as little annoying habits are hard to change.
And when you think about turning your whole life around 180 degrees and changing course for the next 30 years? That can be completely daunting.
Can you do it just for a moment, though?
Winning the Thought Leader of the Year award, in my opinion, has less to do with my abilities as a thinker or a speaker, and more to do with the state of the world right now. People are hungry to see the world become a better place. People want to start movements. People want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. All I do is share the timeless information that others have used in the past to achieve the same thing that most in the world are desiring to do themselves right now.
I am hopeful that the world is becoming better every single day, and the challenges we face won’t defeat us, but will mobilize and unite us. The world will win, and we will be better off for it.
You’ve got something meaningful to share with the world. Go for it.
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