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…
This is the first time I’m sharing this publicly. I’m nervous.
But here goes:
Last year I was in an accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. It nearly ruined me, and almost put my family on the streets.
Here’s the story of how that accident was actually the best thing that could have happened to me, and how it led to me partnering with Tim Ferriss.
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.