I’m guilty of it too. Just look at my Facebook or Instagram walls. They are littered with them.
I’m in a ton of groups that live and die by them and a few more where they’re the only thing that you can see as you scroll. Truth be told, I put one up nearly every day. If not every day, then every other day for sure.
Tony Robbins, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and if I really want to get a hit of Seratonin, I’ll put up one by The Rock. He always gets me more likes, comments, and shares than the rest. Why wouldn’t he? He’s charismatic, charming, and seems to be an all-around good guy.
What am I talking about?
“You can do it” this and “Yes, you can” that.
For as long as I can remember, I always imagined that inspirational quotes were there to uplift the world. You know, bring hope when there wasn’t any.
To you, I propose a question:
What if the world doesn’t want to be uplifted with inspirational quotes?
Really think about that for a second.
This isn’t mean as cynicism.
Anybody who knows me or if you have read one or two of my blog knows that helping is one of my passions. What if the world doesn’t want to be uplifted, changed, and bombarded with inspirational quotes? What happens when those that you think you are helping with your kind messages, scroll blindly pass them?
To further complicate matters, what are your messages meant to do? What is the purpose of them? Do they really empower the world the way that you think they do? Or, are the merely a reflection of your own desire to stay positive, even in moments of doubt?
Selfishly, I’d argue that it’s the latter, which is completely ok. Knowing this, however, ask yourself, “Is there more that I can do?”
Last action hero
Each of the above people did more through action. Real, tangible, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1980’s type action.
Tony Robbins – Tony has said, “It’s a tragedy that in the United States, the richest country in the world, 49 million people, including 16 million children, may go to bed unsure if they will have a meal tomorrow. I know that those are more than startling statistics — those numbers are human beings suffering — and I came from one of those families. I decided that I would personally provide 50 million meals to people in need this year, and I committed to finding a partner who could secure the matching funds needed to reach my ultimate goal of 100 million meals. ”
Through Feed America, he feeds more than 50 Million families. Staggering, I know. What’s more impressive is that the number continues to grow.
Steve Jobs – Although often ostracized for his “lack of philanthropy” he was anything but. The U2 frontman Bono has stated that Apple is the “largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria — giving tens of millions.” While he could be out spending enormous amounts of money on himself, he instead opted to trade his time for human progress. Where would the world be without the iPhone, iPad, and most other Apple devices?
Mark Zuckerberg – He and his wife are two of the most renown philanthropists on the planet.
- $120 million: 5-year commitment to support education in underserved communities in the Bay Area.
- $75 million: Gift to the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the “safety net” care provider in the city.
- $25 million: Donation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fight Ebola.
- $100 million: Gift to Newark Public School System.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Aside from being one of the nicest guys on Earth, Dwayne Johnson is highly charitable. He has been and is involved with, and bare with me:
- Beacon Experience
- Boot Campaign
- I Have a Dream Foundation
- Kids Wish Network
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Make The Difference Network
- Parkinson Society Maritime Region
- Red Cross
- Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
- Starlight Children’s Foundation
- Until There’s A Cure
On top of that, he has created his own charity (Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation) that targets troubled youth and teaches them about health and shows them to utilize their time with physical time rather than them being in gangs.
Joel and Sarah Scott – Yeah, this is a shameless plug. We have donated 10% of everything we make to charity and have booked our first mission trip next year.
More than a message
Statistically, you live in one of the safest times in history…appreciate it. Further to that, 2/3’s of the world lives on less than $2.00 a day. If you make more than this, appreciate where you are.
The people who are making a difference are out there taking action. Just yesterday I saw a video of a couple of my friends raising money to help the homeless in my city.
When you next look in the mirror, ask yourself, “What am I doing?”
Cheers to your success,