How to Be the Change You Want to See in The World 28

how to be the change you want to see in the world

To be the change in the world. That’s one of the most famous quotes in the world, we’ve heard it many times, and thought about it many more.

And yet one rarely does something about it.

It’s true – if you want to change the world for the better, you need to start with yourself.

After all, that’s what you have control over.
And it’s a great start.

Because then your actions will begin to affect other people’s lives, and your voice will be heard, your help – appreciated.

So here are 8 ways to do something good about this world:

What to Do to Be the Change You Want to See in The World

1. Set goals and achieve them.

We tend to forget that one of our missions here is to thrive, to do the best we can and become the best versions of ourselves.

And one of the inevitable steps you need to take is figure out what you really want, to build a strategy, do some thinking and do something every day in order to achieve it.

This is not egoistic. It’s your duty to go after your dreams, to be happy once you reach them, and to enjoy the whole journey.

It’s just that we live in a world where everyone’s overburdened with daily tasks, things to do that don’t really need to be done, fears, worries about the future and regrets for the past.

Stuff like that wastes our limited time on earth and we end up being no one, and getting nowhere in the end of our lives.

So go out there today and do whatever it takes to reach your goals.

2. Help.

Whenever you have the chance, help.
Be compassionate, be kind. Small acts like these can change everything.

3. Give.

Giving is the best investment.

I don’t really know why exactly, but the more you give, the more you get in return.

It’s important to do it with your whole heart, though. Don’t expect people to thank you, or to give you something back. That happens naturally.

Just give. Be it advice, company, love, belongings, some of your time or else, you’re helping other human beings to believe in themselves again.

Something as tiny as smiling to someone can change his whole day. It can make him share that smile with another one. And if that keeps going for a while, we’ll live in a more positive place.

Don’t forget that you always have something to give – even when you spend time with someone, you’re giving him your most precious possession, as it’s limited.

Happiness can also be shared. Talk to someone and try to make him realize that there are many beautiful things around. Encouragement is much needed these days.

4. Leave a great legacy.

I’ve already written about that, so check it out.

5. Be the best version of yourself.

You owe that to yourself.

Just imagine the level of regret you’ll feel after a few years, when you realize you could have become much more.
So do something about that. Be the change.

Work out, eliminate toxic people and negative thoughts, travel and see places, expand your horizons, read and learn, eat well and be fresh and healthy, overcome your fears, learn new languages, have hobbies and evolve.

This way you’ll not only become someone you can be proud of and will feel much more contented, respected and successful, but you’ll also be a great role model to others. People will treat you well and you’ll have more to give them.

6. Inspire.

Doing the things we already mentioned will be enough to inspire others to do the same. So go ahead!

7. Create.

Write, paint, design, build, and do whatever you can to bring something new to life and be the change in the world.

These are the things that can make the next generation better.

8. Contribute.

You can also volunteer, join organizations and communities, take part in different events that aim to raise money for a good cause.

There are many ways. Just go out there and find your way to help the world become a better place.

And if you’re still wondering where to start, begin with yourself. There’s always room for improvement.

What other ways to become the change we want to see in the world can you suggest?

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.