“Change the world” is the catchphrase of the 21st century.
I’m the first to admit it sounds attractive like a curvaceous woman with a coke bottle body.
In fact, changing the world is something I strive to do.
I’m driven by contribution, making a difference and leaving my mark on the world.
That’s just who I am. There’s nothing wrong with that.
But what about others? How do most people feel about changing the world?
Do most people care about changing the world?
I was in the supermarket a few weeks ago. I overheard the conversation of two people.
A man and a woman. Middle aged.
At one point in the conversation, the man said – Nothing changes. There’s no point complaining about it though so I just get on with it.
Then the woman wholeheartedly agreed with what he said.
“Changing the world” is the last thing they’re thinking of by the sounds of it. I don’t blame them either.
I understand why.
I had another conversation with a guy, who’s main focus seemed to be the problems he was facing. Like being able to pay rent or pay the bills.
I’ve heard conversations like this from hundreds and hundreds of people.
And I’ve come to the conclusion that most people don’t care about changing the world.
In fact they’re not even thinking about changing the world.
The reasons are simple. They:
- Are more concerned about getting a job that pays well enough. And nothing more.
- Believe they’re incapable of changing the world.
- The thought never even crosses their mind.
- Don’t believe they have what it takes.
- Don’t believe they have “time” for any of that.
- Care more for themselves (and families, etc) than they do about “changing” the world.
- Are more concerned with paying the bills and having enough to live on.
- Prefer to settle for less, while taking whatever life has given them.
Most people aren’t concerned with changing the world.
They’ve got their own problems to deal with.
Compare it to the way people treat their physical health for example.
Some people don’t care about their health at all.
They’d “like” to care about their health and losing weight, but that’s it.
There’s no “real” desire to take care of their physical health. And therefore, they don’t.
It’s the same with “changing” the world. If you have no desire, you won’t.
Believing you can change the world (or do anything) takes a lot of courage and confidence. And that’s not even the hardest part.
The hard part is taking action for long periods of time. Until one day, you finally crack the code and succeed at whatever it is you’re attempting to do.
Changing the world is risky. Just like many other ventures in life. And it’s not even a guarantee that you will succeed.
That’s why most people aren’t willing to change the world, or even go after the life they want.
Because after all, it’s easy to avoid what’s hard and only do what’s easy.
Easy = comfortable. Hard = risky.
There aren’t too many who are willing to deal with that.