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.
One of the the most intense parts of being at the TED Global conference in Geneva last week was watching Melissa Fleming’s talk on the Syrian refugee crisis, and having a Q&A session with her afterward. Her talk will inspire you to take personal action to help the millions of Syrians who have been displaced from their homes.
How would your life change if you no longer had to work to earn a living and could spend your time pursuing passions and interests? More importantly, how would the world need to change in order to make that possible?
Over 50 years ago, Bucky Fuller said something that should shake the foundation of everything we are currently doing and challenge our entire system. What would YOU do without a job?
There is a big difference between getting a lot of attention, and getting a lot of people to take action. This is exactly the heart of the issue in starting a movement. To gain influence, we have to give something first.
How do we end racism?
What would you do if you were given the responsibility of finding a solution to this longstanding, now systemic problem?
That was the exact task given to a group of 30 young leaders in Winnipeg: figure out how to eradicate racism.
Even though she is gone, her legacy continues to touch countless lives. And while the work being done to alleviate suffering and poverty is incredibly important, I believe she would really want us to honour her by putting love into action right where we are in simple ways.
I am certain that what he shared with us will not only continue to guide me as a speaker, but provide an anchor and reference point in raising our family and teaching our kids for the generations to come.
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…
On this day, in 1910, Mother Teresa was born. She would have been 105 today. Although she is no longer with us, she has left us a legacy that will inspire generations to come. Her accomplishments include winning to Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, but far more important is the legacy she has left of countless people still
I believe that – whether big or small – every one of us wants to change the world for the better in some way. Every once in awhile, though, we need a little reminder that changing the world doesn’t come from changing others… it comes from changing ourselves.