Yesterday, my dad forwarded me an email that had a link to this video:
I encourage you to watch it because it was really inspiring to me. The message that they are promoting is so true, and it got me thinking about a lot of things, including this blog post. So, I will warn you up front that my post today will be a small break from the usual professional matter.
But this topic is just as important. We, as individuals, hold incredible power, and that power only increases when it is spread to a group of people. Have you ever sat back and thought about the power of a simple idea? If you have ever seen Inception, think about the theme of that movie. An idea is infectious. It starts small and grows within us and, if it is developed enough, it can infect the minds of an entire nation. It can change an entire nation.
I saw this happen first-hand when I was in elementary school. I grew up with a kid named Anthony, and his story is one that continues to inspire me. When Anthony was 10 years old, his grandmother had breast cancer, and he spent a lot of time in the hospital visiting her. While he was there, he saw a lot of cancer patients who had gone bald due to the chemotherapy treatment. He was saddened by the patients’ embarrassment of their hair-loss and was inspired to do something to help. At the age of 11, he started his own charity called Heavenly Hats, which donates all types of hats to cancer patients undergoing treatment.
One small idea that changed our community.
Since then, Anthony’s charity has grown to be a very reputable and prominent charity for cancer patients in
Northeast Wisconsin. They have donated over 1,000,000 hats since their inception in 2001.
Just like Anthony’s story and the video above show, individuals are very powerful. Even if you aren’t starting a cultural movement, or even a charity, your thoughts are important.
If you have an idea or an opinion, put yourself out there.
If you are given an opportunity, take it.
If you have a dream, chase it.
I try to to live by these words and have been shocked by the power of my ideas. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed if you step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. It is true in every aspect of our lives as college students and as future professionals. We have the ability to move mountains and create change in this country. And even if you don’t create change within others, you will create change within yourself.
So don’t be afraid to step up and share your ideas. You never now if they might be the start of a revolution.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
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