Do you ever wonder if you have the capability to change the world?
Have you looked at those big names – Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill – and asked: “Why can’t I make the same difference to humanity?”
I believe that everyone can and is changing the world. Every single tiny human interaction actually has enormous impetus.
From how I see it, whenever you talk to a person, you’re implanting a horcrux into their mind –an impression of the collective human experience. This horcrux, joined with the billions of others collated over their lives, will define who they are and how they treat others, creating a vicious cycle where your one world eventually influences everyone else on the globe. How’s that for significance?
Apart from changing the world on a personal level, we can also do it on a community level. However, affecting the community on a grand and positive scale requires personal planning. What can you do for the world? How can you make the most beneficial effect that you can within your lifetime?
I see the key in creating the greatest leverage effect is in answering the 5Ws and H.
- Who and what am I? What are your beliefs, passions and interests? What makes up your skill set? What are the experiences that define who you are? What is your manifesto, personal ideology; how do you tackle life differently from everyone else?
- Where am I? Look around you and see where you are positioned. What are the issues around you? Where is your niche within this community?
- When am I? How is society changing right now? How are you going to take advantage of this positioning in time?
- How am I? How do you work? What keeps you ticking, motivated and performing at your best?
- Why am I? I find this the most crucial point. What is the purpose for your existence? Harness this. Find your identity. Build an unbeatable determination and strategy. In doing so, anything becomes possible. The world will only know you if you know yourself.
Believe. Define. Break barriers. Push beyond your wildest imaginings. Be you. Make a difference.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us … and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
— Marianne Williamson
Article by Keniel Yao. Edited by Frank Zhou.