On Changing The World

Posted by Daniel in Entrepreneurship, Gen-Y, Life, Uncategorized

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I am going to change the world.

Really… I am.  I can be anything I want to be.  A CEO, an Entertainer, an Olympic Gold Medalist; whatever I work towards I can acheive.

I was 5 years old when I first said that, and society reaffirmed me, you told me “yes, you can be whatever you want to be, you’re special.”  But now, because I’m in my early twenties, if I say those words, I’m cocky and arrogant.

For some reason when I grew up, my elders wanted me to throw everything they taught me out the window in order to conform and follow in their footsteps.  Blazing my own trail is now considered too risky, or stupid because I’ve crossed this “magical threshold” of being a teenager.  Dreaming, I now find out, is just for kids.  Now I must conform to what I have been “trained” to do.

What if I don’t want to do that?  Is it my fault that I still believe all of those things you and Mr. Rogers engrained in me?  Am I stupid for believing I can do whatever I set my mind to?

I don’t care if you think you lied to me about following my dreams, you didn’t.  You lied to yourself, because I am already changing the world, and blazing my own trail, you just don’t realize it.

I am Mark Zuckerberg, I am Shia LaBeouf, I am LeBron James, Michael Phelps, and Usain Bolt. 

I am Generation Y.

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  1. Mary

    Great Post!

  2. stetoscope

    Yes you can ! Everyone can change the world, I am on my way to change it too… Hope we will reach our goal and change the world the same way.

  3. Adam Pieniazek


    You for sure can do anything you want to do anytime you want to do it. I’ve got a personal motto (with t-shirt, check that link!) that says “Just Did It”. It’s a great motto because instead of whining or complaining or being scared or listening to others, I just do it. For instance, I’ve been wanting to quit smoking but people kept telling me how tough it was going to be and listing all these reasons about why I’d fail. Well this past January I said frack it and quit cold turkey, and guess what, I’m still nicotine free!

    I’ve found you need two things to change the world, belief and desire. If you truly believe in yourself and your world changing action/event and you truly desire to change the world nothing can stop you.

    Kudos for dreaming!

  4. Chelsey Kaplan

    I spent a summer working with Habitat for Humanity and I truly felt as though I was helping to change the world. I felt like it was somewhat selfish happiness that I was helping others while at the same time feeling that feeling you get when you do something for someone else. I think that by being passionate and doing the things you love, like helping build houses for people in need, that you can succeed at anything. You can do anything you want to if you set your mind to it.

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