I love this quote by Somerset Maugham, “It’s a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”
The funny thing is, so many people like you and me have lived that quote. You see, they have taken life by the horns and twisted and turned it; they have disrupted it… and made life better or the best for themselves and very often for others.
When we are growing up, the world and life is this big ‘thing’ we don’t understand. While we are young, life and circumstances seem to control us. We are told to “fit in” or that” this is the way life is” or “just get on with it”. Sound familiar?
But life can be so much more. Recently I listened to an interview Steve Jobs gave in 1995 where he said, “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people who were no smarter than you… and you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that other people can use….”
Think about the people whom you admire in your world. How have they twisted and turned life to make it better or the best for themselves, others and you?
I admire Mother Teresa and her work where she provided shelter for the sick, the dying and the poor.
I admire my friend Bice Awan for the tireless work she did in establishing the amazing social enterprise, Skylight New Zealand, which provides resources for those who are dealing with loss, grief and trauma.
I admire people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who have changed the way in which the world works in relation to technology.
I admire many, many other people around the world whose work, vision and passion through the centuries have changed the world in positive ways.
Closer to home, I admire my mother who unexpectedly died in October 2014. After her passing, so many people told me that mum had taught them to love unconditionally. Mum’s motto was that she was “here to love”. Mum had a major impact on many people in her community. She made her world a better place.
Making life better doesn’t have to be monumental. It doesn’t have to be world changing. It doesn’t have to be massively disrupting. But it can be life changing for someone.
We all have the ability and capacity to change the world; to make a difference; to make an impact on someone’s life.
Right now, there are lots of problems in the world. Communities have broken down. We have become intolerant of each other. Often we don’t know or like our neighbours. We are frightened of others. We are ignorant of others.
And there are inventions still to be envisaged and created… our world will continue to massively change in all manner of ways due to the brilliance of ordinary, deep thinking, disruptive people.
Change starts with one person. You can make a difference. I can make a difference. Together, let’s make a difference. Let’s change our world and make it a better place or the best place.
Do you have something that you are passionate about? Do you have a burning desire to pursue something over and above your daily routine? Perhaps you would like to change your daily routine to enable you to pursue your passion?
I am very excited that I have a social enterprise initiative I am beginning to pursue that sits alongside my business and high performance coaching work, and hopefully will make a difference to someone somewhere in the world. Will it change our world? Who knows! I just hope it will be impactful on someone.
Anyone and everyone can take life by the horns and twist and turn it, live it, change it, leave a mark on it.
What will your legacy be? How will you be remembered when your time is up?
I’d love to hear from you and the ideas you have to make your world or our world a better, more beautiful place. Or the best place!