“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.’ – Steve Jobs.
What makes some people think they can change the world?
I’m mulling on this after watching the global warming documentary An Inconvenient Sequel this week.
It’s a must see for anyone who lives on this planet – but part way through I found myself wondering, why is it ‘all about‘ Al Gore? Isn’t the campaign for action against climate change bigger than one man? Is this just about his ego? (I smile now – I can see the Kiwi ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’ at play.)
The movie isn’t about Al Gore or his ego, it is about his purpose.
It’s about global warming but also about one man’s crusade: how Al Gore has made the fight against climate change his life and how, because of him, others are becoming part of that crusade. It is also to inspire every person who sees it to rise up too – because every single one of us can make a difference. We just have to choose to.
That got me wondering – what’s my crusade? What difference am I 100 percent committed to making? What would I stop at nothing for?
Al Gore knows exactly what difference he is here to make and he is relentless in it. An Inconvenient Sequel is just part of his crusade – one more way of using his voice to make a difference.
Global warming isn’t ‘solved’. But Al Gore has lobbied doggedly, transformed the conversation and spurred action that would not have happened otherwise.
One person can change the world.
I can be that person too – for whatever it is that matters enough to me. So can you.
It might not be on the same international scale as Al Gore, it could be in our own families or neighbourhoods, but it could also be as big as we want it to be.
Of course Al Gore has an advantage. He was vice president of the United States. He has a ready-made audience. He has power.
But we each stand in our own power. If we care about something enough, we will find a way for our voice to be heard. And one voice is all it takes to start.
So this week I’m getting clearer on the big difference I will make in the world. I’m not asking if I can or how I can – just what am I called to do. I’ve been getting some great help from a 21 day meditation series with Deepak Chopra, which you can find out more about here. I’ve also taken time to sit quietly and ponder the question: what difference will I make?
In the space I’ve created to reflect, I’m starting to see the whisperings of what I need to work on. I’ll let it bubble and boil over the next week or two, and when it’s ready to come out of the pot, I’ll share it here with you.
It feels scary, but if Al Gore can, I can. And you can. And together we can.
Are you crazy enough to think you can change the world? I hope so.
Yours with purpose and passion,
The future isn’t a place we are going to, but one we are creating.
- Still think you can’t make a difference? Get some inspiration from my last blog on Turning I Can’t into I Can.
- Find out more about An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power at https://inconvenientsequel.tumblr.com.
- A big thank you to Z Energy for hosting An Inconvenient Sequel’s New Zealand previews.
- If you can spare 17 minutes, Pope Francis talks compellingly about the difference each of us can make in his Ted Talk delivered from Vatican City. You don’t have to change the whole world, but you can be the difference for those immediately around you: “A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you.” You can watch his Ted Talk here.
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