Weekly Challenge: Status Quo

YOU. Yes, you. I have a challenge for you.

Every week, I’ll post a challenge. It can be about anything, on any topic. They will challenge the way you think, the way that you see the world. It will make you think, forcing you to step back and reevaluate. In the end, you may find that it will change your world.

Today’s challenge: Status Quo

I’ve mentioned before about my upbringing. About growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. Foreclosures, food stamps, government welfare, constantly moving- it was all the norm for me. I was the outsider in school; as I got older, I remained the one that nobody noticed. That girl over there, not saying anything? Her? What’s her name again? Yeah, that was me.

I grew up feeling like one of the “little people.” Politics? Way beyond me. Not necessarily being rich, but at least the opportunity to go shopping once in a while? Too far out of reach.

I grew up feeling like nothing would ever change. I would always be on the lower end of the spectrum, always be on government welfare, always separate from the “cool” crowd.

It’s time for change. The status quo is a prison, a chain that binds your hands and feet so you are unable to move forward.

It’s time to break those chains. It’s time to step up, to move out, to make a difference.

Because you can make a difference. You can change the world.

Making a difference has nothing to do with circumstances. It has nothing to do with our place in life, how much money we have, or our social status. It is simply stepping out.

Today, you can make a difference. You can make change. It begins with yourself.

Change the status quo.

 

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Weekly Challenge: Earth-shaking Ideas

YOU. Yes, you. I have a challenge for you.

Every week, I’ll post a challenge. It can be about anything, on any topic. They will challenge the way you think, the way that you see the world. It will make you think, forcing you to step back and reevaluate. In the end, you may find that it will change your world.

Today’s challenge: Earth-shaking Ideas

“What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient… highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks; right in there somewhere.” – Inception

An idea. Ideas are resilient. They are difficult to kill. They cannot be eradicated. They can be punished, but no one can control the mind. The mind is free.

Not only are ideas difficult to kill, they are quick to live. An idea is mentioned, and it takes off. And yet, so many people are afraid to start them. Why?

Because it won’t get anywhere. It’s not big enough. People won’t like it.

Ideas are always huge. It doesn’t matter what it is, or what it’s about. It’s huge, simply because it’s an idea. Last week I read a blog about two girls that had an idea, inspired by recent events in Afghanistan. What’s so cool about their idea? It’s imagination, and it’s brave. It thumbs a nose at oppression and governments and it sends a joyful shout to all that can hear.

#Girl With A Book is simple, it’s easy. It doesn’t feed people, it doesn’t change governments. It doesn’t get food out to people in Africa or create jobs in poor economies. It won’t change the world. And yet… maybe it will. Simply because it’s an idea. And the creator, Lena Shareef, wasn’t afraid to start it.

Ideas start small. They have to start somewhere. Maybe you haven’t started your idea, simply because it’s “too small.” But maybe it isn’t. Maybe it’s just an idea… just waiting to be started, so it can grow. Ideas are small, but they are the biggest thing in the history of man- because they have potential to change the world. Don’t be afraid to implement your idea. Start small, and be amazed at where it will take you. You will see things you never thought possible, go places you never knew existed.

All because of an idea.