You Can’t Change The World
If you set out to change the world, you’re not going to do it. Whether change the world means realize world peace or start your company, it ain’t gonna happen. Why? You can’t change the world, you can’t change anything. There I said it. So what can you do?
You can change yourself. As you change yourself, you’ll realize that (a) changing yourself is more important and (b) hey, the world around you begins to change anyway. Your family, friends, local community, co-workers, clients, business partners, strangers on a plane… they’ll pick up what you’re putting down.
What changed in my life?
Over the past three years, I have been making small incremental changes to my life. Most of these changes came without a grand plan, they made sense for me or I saw someone else doing it and decided to try. One change led to another and here I am today: Debt free, location independent, working for myself in a craft I love, and with the freedom to follow my passions.
Here’s what happened:
- Don’t replace my iPod–read books instead
- Take walks just to walk
- Read three books by figures who inspire me
- Go through a fixed-length short daily prayer book
- Learn to cook and eat rice & beans
- Eat only one meal six days a week for forty days
Notice “Compile portfolio, Create five-year plan, amass savings nest egg” aren’t on that list (though, they did come later). These initial, simple, single steps set the stage for larger dreams and increased confidence. But when I moved to New York City to work at a national television network, I didn’t set out to change myself, I just decided to not replace my iPod. Later, I realized that my experience in faith-based non-violent activism taught me that what needs to happen will happen, I’ve come to find that is true. But how?
In my next few post I will share more about how I’ve found that what needs to happen will happen. But for now, what are some simple changes you could make in your life to get in tune with yourself, your surroundings, your needs, and your passions?