otp: change the world

7 Thoughts on Changing the World

1. The only way to change the world is to change yourself. Like Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” When you start to change yourself, the relationship with the people you interact with changes as well, and thus the world starts to change. Smile is the best peace tool, and the best key to open any door. If there is a peace in your heart there is a peace in the world.

2. We are all different and unique on this earth, 7 billions or so people, thus there as many ways to pursue changing the world. We shouldn’t become the same. There are many of us, and there is room enough for us all.

3. Changing the world takes time. As all mystics know there is an eternity in every moment, and also, learning, or chaning one’s behavior takes a much much much longer time than we would like or expect. Be patient.

4. If you want to change the world, build a team around you, or join one. You will need a lot of help from your team. If you want to go far, go together. Like Margaret Mead says: “Never doubt that a small committed group of people couldn’t change the world, in the end it is the only thing that ever has.”

5. “Give me a lever long enough, and single handedly I will change the world.” Look for the points of leverage, where a objectively small looking act can make a big difference to someone subjectively. Don’t hold back your compliments. This document got written and put online because of encouragement I got from a friend.

6. Dream and think big, but prototype small. Take ridiculously small steps towards your dream. Because one idiot who walks, gets further than five intellectuals who only talk.

7. Start now. Don’t wait until tomorrow. The ones who feel the urgency to act now are the ones who will make the difference and eventually change the world.

Written on 11th of October 2013 after spending a week at the UWC RCN. Inspired by many many people I have met on the way and who have changed the way I see the world.

I guess I would have moved a grain of sand.” […]
“So? So the Sahara is a vast desert. And it has existed for millions of years. And you changed it.”
“That’s true!” I said, sitting up. “I changed the Sahara!”
“Which means?” he said.
“What? Tell me.”
“Well, I’m not talking about painting the Mona Lisa or curing cancer. I’m just talking about moving that one grain of sand one millimeter.”
“If you hadn’t done it, human history would have been one way. But you did do it, so…?”
I stood on the bed, pointed my fingers at the fake stars, and screamed: “I changed the course of human history!”
“That’s right.”
“I changed the universe!”
“You did.”
“I’m God!”
“You’re an atheist.”
“I don’t exist!
—  Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close