5 Qualities of People Who Change The World
“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” [Speaking to John Scully, 1983] – Steve Jobs
To the mavericks, the misfits, the renegades, rebels and those of you who might have been written off, this one is for you. It’s the greatest time in history. Your time has come.
1. A Burning Desire to Challenge the Status Quo
People who change the world don’t accept the status quo. They have such a burning to desire to challenge it, that they will do whatever it takes if it means changing the world. Good enough is simply not acceptable to them. They look at the script that many people live their lives by, tear it up and write their own masterpiece.
2. A Higher Than Average Tolerance for Risk
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Your tolerance for risk will impact your potential to change the world. Your comfort zone is your danger zone because progress doesn’t occur in the confines of your comfort zone. If you are not prepared to watch your world fall apart, pick up the pieces and start all over, then you may not be ready to change the world. Sometimes it takes a fall from grace to rise to your true potential.
3. The Willingness to Ignore Conventional Wisdom
“Never trust the vast mountain of conventional wisdom. It contains nuggets of wisdom, it is true. But they lie alongside rivers of fools gold. Conventional wisdom daunts initiative and offers far too many convenient reasons for inaction, especially for those with a great deal to lose.” – Felix Dennis, Founder of Dennis Publishing
Conventional wisdom will yield conventional results. If you plan to change the world, then you must embrace uncertainty and walk into uncharted territory. You must be willing to ditch your roadmap, take the scenic route, write an unwritten story, and realize that you can’t paint a masterpiece on a cluttered canvas.
4. A Desire To Make a Positive Difference in People’s Lives
Osama Bin Laden changed the world. So did those kids at Colombine. But the difference they made was a bad one. People who really change the world are set on making a positive difference in other people’s lives. If you approach every person with the intention of leaving them better than when you found them, you’re headed in the right direction. This can be done in the context of a business, a non-profit, or even in a relationship from between parent and child. Even if you change the world for just one person, you’ve left your mark on humanity.
5. Belief in their vision or idea
People who change the world see stories of wild success, game changing moves, and instead of thinking “not everybody can be…” they say to themselves “why not me?”. The other day I came across the news that Mashable may be acquired by CNN for $200 million dollars and thought, this could happen to BlogcastFM some day. Talk to anybody who changes the world and you’ll see that they believe so strongly in their vision that they’ve learned to silence the voices of doubt, ignore the critics and naysayers, and charge forward. They’re focused on the end zone. If you don’t believe in your ideas, why would anybody else?
Start chasing extraordinary and it won’t be long before you are.