Most of us have an entrepreneurial spirit whether we realize it or not. You’ve probably started more businesses than you realize. Yes, I am counting your lawncare business when you were ten. Yes, I am counting the spy agency you started when you were twelve. And yes, I am even counting the time you thought you could somehow profit from making a giant ball of rubber bands (or was that just me?).
Most kids started businesses what seemed like all the time.
As a child you said…
When you were a child, you saw problems with the world and said:
“I need to do something about that.”
“I should _____.”
“I can solve that.”
As an adult you say…
But something changed in you. As an adult, you see problems with the world and needs of others and say:
“Someone needs to do something about that.”
“I wish someone would _____.”
“Why doesn’t someone fix that?”
Somewhere you lost the belief that you were the solution.
Someone told you that others had all the answers.
Someone lied to you. Someone told you to stop thinking so highly of yourself. Someone told you that all innovation comes from a company that we all know and a billion dollars a day in revenue.
And at some point, you believed them.
But you can still remember a time when you saw every problem in the world as something for you to solve. You can still remember when everything broken was fixable…by you. You can still remember the excitement you had when you encountered a need and you rushed home to see if you had the supplies needed to solve it.
You can get that back.
You can have that spirit again…in all aspects of life.
I often write about being more like a child (here, here, and here). Being more like a child is about changing your attitude. It’s about recapturing the wild creativity and passion you had when you were younger, before you bought into the lies.
It’s not about living completely carefree, irresponsibly, or in a state of pure naivete. It’s about finding something lost deep down inside, seemingly lost. It’s about finding the real you. The you that is capable of changing the world.
Being a world-changer comes naturally. We are born to do it.
We are born to change the world. Or else, we are unnecessary.
It’s only when someone tells we can’t be world changers, and then we buy-in to the lie, that we stop trying to be.
You can change the world.
You will change the world.
Go. Remember the passion and can-do attitude of your youth. Recapture it. Live it.
You are the only one who will ever do what only you can do.
What lies stopped you from believing you could change the world?