“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”
You will die. It is inevitable.
Knowing this, I have a few questions for you:
- What do you plan on doing with your life?
- What do you do each day to achieve this?
- Most importantly, are you making a difference in the world?
“The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live.”
Each of us is capable of greatness, this I promise you.
No matter what walk of life you come from, what you have done or who you are determines who you can become, and I’ll prove it.
- Rosa Parks was a woman of colour who sparked outrage in the Civil Rights Movement when she refused to give up the seat she was sitting in on a bus to a white person. The laws at the time did not make segregation law but gave authority to the driver to assign seats to the passengers. Her refusal led to her being arrested and found guilty by the courts.
Through her actions, she became a symbol of the Civil Rights movement.
- Candace Lightner is the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). On May 3, 1980, her daughter was killed in a hit-and-run by a drunk driver. Candance created MADD to raise awareness about Drunk Driving after hearing the sentence given to the person who killed her daughter.
- Lilly Ledbetter worked for Goodyear for the vast majority of her life and through this time was paid significantly less than her male counterparts. Upon her retirement in 1998, she sued Goodyear. Ultimately, the case would make its way to the Supreme Court of the United States, with her losing. The Supreme Court cited that she needed to make the claim within 180 days of her first paycheck.
In 2009, the 111th United States Congress passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Play Act that would loosen the time in which a discrimination suit needed to be filed.
- In 2012, 3 students from Syracuse University win a competition at Startup Weekend in Syracuse for their idea “Centscere”. Centscere is designed for its users to donate a few cents to a charity of their choice every time they Tweet on Twitter, Post or Like something on Facebook.
Currently, there are 73 different charities on their website to choose from.
I hope that you have noticed that each of these examples are ‘ordinary’ people who are doing extraordinary things.
These stories are of people who challenged the norm to create a better world for tomorrow.
So, how can you begin to change the world?
For most of us, it begins with changing ourselves.
Begin to change how you live.
- Read books – They are the lifeblood of education
- Listen to others – Don’t listen to just anyone. Listen to those who inspire you. Listen to those who you want to become.
- Educate yourself – Never stop learning. Not only will you be smarter, research is beginning to show that there is a link to lifelong learning and longevity.
- Pay attention – Watch all that is around you. Evolve, don’t diminish.
- Ask questions – There is no such thing as a bad question
- Challenge the status quo – Change happens not by those who live the status quo.
- Stand up for what you believe in – Your opinion is the most valid thing you have.
- Let fear guide you – Fear is the greatest motivator
- Have belief in yourself – There are times when nobody else will
- Ignore the naysayers – They don’t know what they want anyway
The key to life, as Mr. Cousins put it, is to not let a part of you die every day.
Take steps, even baby ones at first.
Left, right, left, right.
Never stop moving forward.
Go out there and change yourself.
Go out there and change the world.
Each of us is capable of it.
Use the tools you have to better the world.
Use the tools you have to better yourself.
Use the tools you have to better someone else.
Cheers to your success,