“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” Ronald Reagan
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had dreams in their life at some point in time to cure cancer, solve world hunger or radically change another world problem. Most of us don’t live up to those sky-high dreams, but fall far shorter, or don’t even take strides to complete the dream because they just seem too big and overwhelming. This is one of the biggest problems in changing our world problems: we all think too big. It’s not bad to dream big, but once you dream big you have to figure out how to make it a reality in your part of the world. Why start there? Because once you’ve conquered your world you can start to work on the rest of the world.
A few weeks ago a friend came to me with this big dream of working with Hollywood type celebrities. They were really excited about this prospect but didn’t know how to make it a reality. My answer was that it was a great dream but a little impractical given the circumstances of their life. Yes, working with celebrities would be great, but as they recognized, it would take a lot of work to get to that point. My suggestion to them was to be a coach in their local area working with individuals, businesses, and local influencers and helping them to make decisions. They don’t have to give up the Hollywood dream, just build up to it.
We all can’t work in Hollywood, cure cancer or solve world hunger. But we can help the people in our immediate area and make a difference. The biggest challenge in all of this is discovering if you’re man (or woman) enough to start small, if you can accept and thrive in working in the world you have.