Friday, June 21, 2013

changing the world

This is the message that I took away from Color Me Katie, the blog of professional fun maker and Improv Everywhere photographer Katie Soloker.

So yes, we should not fight to change the world itself, but to stop it, from changing us.  Have you ever heard anything so simple, so beautiful?

How can we stop the world from changing us?  I believe that we can do this by asserting our uniqueness.  This requires us to not only recognize our uniqueness ‒ be it a vision, an idea, a business, a method, a technology, a personality or whatever ‒ but to also cultivate it and celebrate it with the world.  This is where the fight is.  A fight against peer pressure perhaps, but more importantly, a fight for ourselves.

Ironically, this would be how we can change the world for the better.  History is replete with examples of people who, in the process of asserting their uniqueness, have changed the world for the better.  One of my favorite is Kanye West.

If changing the world seems too big of a challenge to deal with, you can assert your uniqueness instead.  Recognize it, cultivate it, and celebrate it with others.  Don’t be surprised if you see the world around you changing afterwards.

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