I have news for all the entrepreneurs, inventors, programmers, investors, millennials, and everyone else who has even a slight interest in ‘changing the world’. It seems many of those who change the world in positive ways are also known for their generosity. Their time, talent, money, ideas, and any other resources are given at high levels.
Changing the world is easy. It is in such a constant state of change that we literally don’t have do anything for it to change. In doing nothing however; we cannot claim any direct impact to making such change. For those who want to actively change the world, I have discovered 5 simple steps to help you along your journey.
1: Connect with someone.
More than merely meeting them, a connection implies a bit of emotional context to it. Invest some of your emotional intelligence and enjoy the thrill of another genuine human connection. Some connections are so powerful that both parties can feel it in a matter of moments. I am not one to buy into fate or destiny, but I know that many people have come into my life (personally and professionally) for a monumental reason. It is quite a journey to discover, then act on that reason.
2. Share ideas.
Connections are made by conversing and sharing ideas – the ideas dear to us as well as those that come to us in an instant. Some connections will agree with us completely, others will argue intensely, still others will be somewhere in the middle. We need all three in some sort of a balance.
By now, your world and the world of your connections is already changing! But there is no point stop to celebrate yet.
3. Discover a way to help your connection – the simpler, the better.
Some connections may need advice, or someone to listen, to know they are not alone, or just a chance to smile or laugh. Others might benefit from an introduction to your other connections – a job, advice, professional loan, client, vendor, partner, date, etc.
One of the most effective ways to do this is ask. “How can I help?”, “What can I do?”, “Where are you getting stuck?” are some of my favorite questions to ask.
3.5. Complete the task of helping. Generous people don’t ask for a favor in return because they know they already receive tremendous gain in helping someone else.
4. Evaluate how it went.
Use a simple scale of 1-10 with ten being the best and apply it to your feelings during the process of connecting, the conversations you had with them, ideas you shared, the task charged to help, and the result of it. Any action scoring over a 4.0 is worth keeping around and repeating for now. It is a good idea to keep some sort of journal or composition book to document how this new process is feeling.
5. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
This is a process, and processes are about repetition. The more we repeat this process, the more people we will help. It also increases the likelihood that you will connect with another generous person and receive similar types of help. As you reach your 25th cycle, start to scale up your efforts by a factor of at least 3. Connect more, share more, help more, and evaluate more. You’ll develop your own groove and find it increasingly easy to do at any sort of activity.
5.5. Invite others to join in your journey.
Changing the world is not a solo endeavor. In building your reputation as a generous person, people will want to join you. Offer them similar opportunities to add people to the cause. Just as some people will be stronger connections than others, some will eagerly welcome your invitation and take the charge with great passion.
The simple truth is that you don’t need bold, large-scale, ‘world-changing’ ideas to change the world. Impacting just one of the nearly 7 Billion citizens of the planet causes a ripple that extends across all of humanity. This is a simple system to help build those ripples into a tsunami of positive growth.
By following this process, you’ll find more ideas come to you and your connections than you could ever execute. Those ideas will also get ‘better’, more impactful, easier to build momentum, and likely much more exciting.
This is a lot like learning how to walk. We will get concerned about the time we spend stumbling, falling down, and struggling to maintain balance. But after a while, we will become so proficient that we will not even be able to remember details of those struggles we once had.
Are you ready to join me on my journey to change the world?