Being extraordinary is a choice you make every day
You make the choice by the way you decide to spend your time. Are you going to make a difference, are you going to spend every second of your time doing something that matters or are you going to let life pass you by. You can make a difference. You might be one person, but one person can literally change the world.
How many people do you know that are doing anything that could make a difference to the world?
I don’t mean talking about it or telling you what they are doing to achieve. I mean literally putting action in place of words and working towards it.
Look at your family and friends, your colleagues and former class mates, are any of them pursuing ideas which could lead to a revolution? Are any of them capable of the innovation that we have come to recognise as potentially ground breaking? If you are anything like me you will quickly recognise the reality we are facing.
The chance to change the world is improved by doing 1 simple thing
By doing something — anything at all — it affords you the prospect of discovery and the chance to learn and create.
Doing is the rocket fuel that enables you to get off the world
In a world where less people are doing more to affect change in the world, you ability to break into this elite is contingent on your willingness to try. Simply by being willing to try something you place yourself amongst the 1% of individuals worldwide who shoulder responsibility for the arrival of the future.
How often have you complained about something not working?
How many times have you criticised a product or service due to the way it is either inefficient or completely useless at achieving what it was meant for?
Every time you do you have an opportunity
Those are moments where you can change the world. It might be a tiny pain point in your life which affects the ease in which you go about daily life or it might be a massive issue which has far greater impact on your ability to achieve things.
What ever it is it doesn’t matter
All that matters is that you have identified a problem. If it is something you are experiencing you can guarantee people similar to you are also facing the same challenged. You could be a mother struggling to meet indivudals in similar situation where you feel isolated or lonely. You could be a young proffesional unable to find the right living arrangements to suit your preferences. You could be an older gentleman struggling to find a mortgage having started your own business.
Having identified an issue you are faced with two distinctly antagonistic options — one of action and the other of inaction
One ensures you remain stagnant having done nothing to progress; the other is a dark road, fraught with worry, stress, despair and only the potential for success but with no conceivable end in sight. This road of action is littered with obstacles which consistently challenge you to reverse course and revert to the process of nothingness. The first challenge then is simple: Do something.
Changing the world is the result of that battle
The struggle is internal with yourself. Are you going to get up and make something happen or are you going to endure the world as prescribed to you by other people. Uber doesn’t exist because the world came together and identified an issue with the taxi industry. It was created by individuals who imparted significant change on the world. They made the world conform to their image of what they wanted to the taxi industry to be for them and forced the world to accept it.
And you hear people saying that luck is part of the equation
But in life we make our own luck. You can’t be lucky and score a touchdown if you sit in the stands and watch the action. Luck only comes as a by-product of the willingness to take a risk.
Luck doesn’t factor into your ability to begin
Nobody labels Mark Zuckerberg dropping out of Harvard to pursue an idea as lucky. They might attribute Facebooks massive growth as being a massive stroke of luck due to the confluence of terrible alternative, mobile and a desire to be connected, but that came much further down the line.
Luck is used as an explanation to enable us to overcome our own inadequacies. It is an excuse to make us feel better. The truth is anyone could have done what anyone else achieved if only they were willing to work harder.
That is the most difficult truth we are forced to face
You could of partied less at ciollege, acquired the skills neccesary to code some revolutionary product or service. You could of made connections with the individuals you knew you would need down the line who’s skills compliment your own.
The biggest relief then is that its never too late
Nothing is stopping you from beginning anything. The only thing standing in your way is your own willingness to dream. The only person preventing your pursuit of something better is you. Time is the thing that stands between you and your goal.
If you are willing to persevere you have a chance to achieve success
Grit and determination are far more important than talent. Success = Talent x Effort². If you are willing to put in the time that other people aren’t you are infinitely more likely to achieve.
Half of success is turning up- are you willing to?
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