“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
No group, large or small, ever changed the world so dramatically as individuals have. Need I mention some names to make this point: Charlemagne, Galileo, Guttenburg …. Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg, Nightengale, Currie, Steinem, Bader-Ginsberg. If we discuss the arts and sport the lists grow rapidly – but my point is they were not forces or known or noticed much before they became famous. They weren’t named Einstein or Edison or Shakespeares or Michelangelos. Weren’t all poets and princes, weren’t gods or goddesses. They were simply talented people who saw a problem and then set out to solve it. They were people who needed to change their lives or the life of someone they cared for. Before they got famous they were just another of so many faces in the crowd.
Most people I know – my contemporaries, are either in retirement or racing toward it like moths to the proverbial flame. I’m not. Most people I know think they are too far along life’s path to make much difference now or to start something new or upset any apple-carts. I’m not one of those and I encourage everyone I know, at whatever age, to not be one of those.