“Here is to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in square holes, the ones who see things differently.”
It is very easy to watch this video and say – Come on Einstein, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Amelia Earhart, Pablo Picasso – those are truly world changers. The probability of me having a similar impact on the world is ZERO.
LOL, if you are reading this post that’s probably true. Maybe a little bit higher than zero. All kidding aside, Steve Jobs is challenging us to make a difference. Consensus thinking is not going to cut it.
At the end of our lives, we will ask ourselves several questions and one will be – Did I matter? Personally, my goal is to have an impact on a broader number of people than my direct family. Thru entrepreneurship and helping others pursue this path is how I’m attempting to make a difference. This can be a difficult and at times very lonely journey, but the rewards outweigh the risk in my opinion.
Note: Obviously there are numerous people who slave away all day or their day job and then spend countless nights and weekends volunteering and doing other things to make an impact. It is not my intent to imply that only entrepreneurs can make an impression. My hope is that we simply flip the switch and aspire to spend our most productive hours on our passion.
Question: Even if it your entrepreneurial endeavor completely falls apart, will you look back at it as a waste of time? Or will you smile and say at least I mattered – if only for a short time? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.