If you are not part of the solution, then unfortunately, you may be part of the problem. With so many things in this world that you know should, or wish could, be different, take the time to find what is truly important to you and begin making that change.
Thomas Edison wanted to light up our lives, Mark Zuckerberg wanted to connect us all, and Annie Leonard wanted to teach us about Stuff– what do you want to do? When you’re ready to realize how much power you have to make a difference, here are some simple ideas to get you going:
1/ Light the Fire underneath you. What’s bothering you? What is driving you off the wall crazy? Now stop whining about, and shift that outrage to motivate you in the direction of the solution.
2/ Don’t just talk about it. Be about it. Have your actions align with your words, and be fully transparent about what you are doing and why you are doing it.
3/ Vote. Every time you spend your money, you are voting for the type of world you want. Get connected to your purchases and know what you are encouraging more of with each purchase you make.
4/ Lead by Example. Walk the walk and you’ll inspire others to do more, become more, and learn more. This makes you a natural leader (also refer back to #2).
5/ Just. Do. Stuff. Don’t come up with an idea and then do research. In your learning and experience, your ideas that come up naturally will be the best ones to then act on. Trust in yourself and the process.
6/ Stick With It. We’re not telling you it’s going to be easy, we’re telling you it’ll be worth it. As Einstein said, “It’s not that I am so smart, I just stick with problems longer.”
7/ Motivate those around you – Near and Far. Motivating the committed outperforms persuading the uncommitted. There are other people who are going to share your passion and enthusiasm for your cause. Build an army for change. Others will follow. I know it.
8/ Use Social Media to Spread Your Message. Social media is a powerful tool to communicate to share efficiently and effectively, and to amplify all you are doing. Behave online like you would in person at a networking event. Be authentic, be kind, and mingle outside your immediate circles.
9/ Keep it Simple. Measure your success simply by your progress – and how you feel! We’re all changing the world (for the better just makes more sense).