There are approximately 1,000,000 reasons to wait to change the world. 1,000,000 reasons to wait to go after your dreams. 1,000,000 reasons to stay in a crappy job, wait to write that book, or put off launching your business. And one big reason to do it now.
That one reason is that if you don’t do it now, you likely never will.
The one thing all great leaders have in common
The most common characteristic among every world changing leader throughout history is that they took immediate and decisive action.
It’s not good looks, a great family, wealth, intelligence, connections, or even the ability to focus. They took action.
Sometimes that meant they were wrong. And what did they do? They took another immediate and decisive action. When great leaders make bad decisions, they make another decision.
“How can I change the world when my life is so messed up?”
So, your life isn’t perfect. Join the club.
This is something I hear so often. People who question their ability to be a world changer just because their lives aren’t right out of a black-and-white sitcom from the 1950’s. Their lives aren’t bright, shiny, sterile, and wrapped up in a pretty little bow.
In other words, their lives are real. Their problems are real. And yet, somehow, they can’t change the world? I don’t think so.
You are a world changer. Right now. In the midst of your own struggles. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook
The notion that you have to be perfect to change the world is ridiculous. In fact, no world changer in history (save for one) was perfect.
3 examples from history
If he were alive today, Abraham Lincoln would probably have spent the past twenty years watching soap operas in a Snuggie while popping anti-depressants. He was prone to severe and debilitating bouts with depression that often led to suicidal thoughts. But he described his depression in a letter to a friend as “a misfortune, not a fault.” That is the attitude that allowed him to be a world changer.
Since the dawn of time, great leaders have had one thing in common:
But not the kind of anger you probably thought of immediately.
Great leaders hate mediocrity. Average makes them sick. They use their anger to drive them. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook
Great leaders are angry.
Angry at the status quo.
Angry at average.