Don’t join the average, create the remarkable.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead
From advertising, new media, non-profits, government, science, fashion, tourism, creative arts, academia, the list goes on. Young people today are equipped with more independence, influence and power than ever before.
By 2025, Millennials will be comprised of 75% of the global workforce—we are a force to be reckoned with and both businesses and government are paying attention. Businesses are shifting their organizational agendas to better reflect such behavioural changes and this is a time of immense opportunity or all of us who are starting or beginning their careers.
We youth have a choice of where we choose to focus our attention and efforts. Whether it is a new revolutionary product or a burning social issue, the choice is ours to make on what things of the world deserve our attention and how we will create progress to improve the state of the world.
I understand that we all need to make a living and fulfill our basic needs, but I encourage you to really rethink the way you will make your impact in the world. Whether you are an aspiring politician, or passionate about business, how can you become more mindful and conscious of the decisions you make that better improves the well-being of our society?
Do you choose to enable another organization to keep doing average things selling average products or services? Or do you create or join another organization that produces a real-world impact that positively contributes to the betterment of our lives?
- Stop living like a mindless robot: always be self-aware and understand the implications of what you are doing. Change the course and routine if necessary, but do not do something for the sake of doing it. Understand your “why” and have clarity with it.
- Explore the world beyond your borders: Take time as well to see the world not as a tourist, but as a global citizen—one that seeks to understand the cultures and customs of humans across regions of the planet to develop a global perspective. Most of the conflicts around the world happen because of misunderstandings, the key is to stop making assumptions and quick conclusions that hurt ourselves and others.
- Find the grey areas of power: Most often, your niche field is what one of my mentors taught me as the “grey areas.” These grey areas are places of intersection between two places or disciplines that unlock a powerful avenue of opportunity. Never silo yourself into only one area of expertise. For example, I’m a human geography student who has sought out to understand the art of business, leadership, online marketing and communications, it has helped me understand how to influence others and be more practical with my ideas to solve complex global issues.
- Listen to your deeper intuition: We tend to ignore this inner voice in our heads, but most often, it is wise and right. There are many situations where there is no black and white and you will have to figure out what is the best decision to make. Listen to what that voice is telling you, because most likely it is guided by your personal values. The regrets I often have in life are rooted in the moments where I ignore this inner voice.
- Stop listening to others who shut you down: You will get your ideas rejected from your parents, managers, professors, you name it. But you need to find to listen to your inner voice and do what you know is right for yourself. Because, nobody else knows whats best for you better than your own voice. The next time you feel the “burning passion” to do something, DO IT and holding yourself back from the world of opportunity.
- You can’t change the world if you don’t change yourself: To change the world, you need to understand who you are and what your strengths and weaknesses are. There is a leadership crisis around the world and many of these leaders in my view lack a sense of greater responsibility and self-awareness. Be a leader who understands themselves to the core so you know how to address your weaknesses and leverage your strengths.
Now start listening to yourself, be more conscious of your decisions, find yourself through self-awareness, discover the world not as a tourist but as a mindful person, understand your external relevance to the world, and stop letting others tell you no.