When you think about people who have changed the world in positive and meaningful ways, who comes to mind?
Maybe you think of people like Martin Luther King Jr., who dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for civil rights in the United States, or Steve Jobs who brought products into play that transformed our lives and redefined entire industries, or Mother Theresa, whose higher purpose was to care for the poor, the sick, and the disadvantaged around the world.
It makes sense that these individuals are thought of as world-changers. They’ve invented products, or started movements that have had a lasting impact on us all.
Now, I want you to think about who has changed YOUR world.
On your list, you might include a parent, a religious leader, a boss, or even a teacher. These types of people hold places in our lives that position them for great opportunities to influence.
But what about you?
Would anyone name you as someone who has influenced his or her life?
If not, why not?
5 Reasons You May Think You Can’t Change the World
1. I’ve got nothing to offer.
If you’re a human, the truth is that there are many good things – and maybe a few not so good things – that make up who you are.
So, even without much effort, you’ve got something – and you can use your life experiences to help someone else.
2. I’m really not that interesting.
The good news is that influencing others is not about you. It’s about them.
You influence others by focusing on their story – not yours.
3. I’m not super successful.
Your level of success in being of value to others has less to do with your own accomplishments, than your ability to listen.
Many people are seeking mentors who they can simply talk to, who will listen, and then share their perspective.
4. I’ve got some skeletons in my closet.
We all do. Failure makes us human.
It also means that there’s someone out there who can relate to – and learn from your failures.
(So can you.)
5. Nobody has ever asked me to be a mentor or influencer in their life.
Then your first opportunity is waiting for you!
Don’t wait for someone to ask you to speak into his or her life. Most likely, the people who have influenced you the most weren’t invited to do so.
So how CAN you change the world?
One person at a time.
You don’t have to invent something with lasting impact or create a movement to change the world.
There is somebody in your life that needs your influence.
There is somebody in your life that is ready to benefit from your knowledge, skills and expertise.
As Steve Jobs once said:
“…the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
I believe that you can change the world.
Just do it.
You CAN Change The World – a DisruptHR Talk by Jennifer McClure – CEO of Unbridled Talent LLC & Chief Excitement Officer of DisruptHR LLC
As a keynote speaker and leadership coach, Jennifer McClure helps leaders to embrace the future of work, and to develop the skills necessary to lead their organizations and the people on their teams to take bold actions that positively impact business results.
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