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Are You Willing?

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

~Apple, Inc.

You can call them misfits, innovators, rebels, mavericks, crazies, geniuses, troublemakers, game-changers, or anything else for that matter, but you can’t say that they haven’t change the world. You might not like their ideas or think that they can change the world, but that won’t stop them from trying or having others believe that they can. Fact is: they are, have, and will change the world, whether we like it or not.

They change the world because they decided to do something that isn’t normal. They also make history and their ideas and inventions become part of culture that we now can’t live without or imagine not having. Who would want to live without the light bulb, cars, or computers? Who could imagine a life without superheroes, legos, or movies? Who could imagine living in a time where people were segregated by their race or when WWII was going on or during the Great Depression?

It’s difficult to imagine living without light bulbs, superheroes, and more. They’re so ingrained into and a part of our culture that it’s impossible to not come across a movie theater, some sort of superhero game/toy/movie, a place where there are no light bulbs, where you didn’t see a car or a computer. It’s also hard to imagine living in a time of our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents because we weren’t there. We can only slightly know how it was like before the light bulb or during the Great Depression because of books, magazines and newspaper articles, and from what parents and grandparents tell us.

It’s like this because someone–a misfit–decided to change the world and make it better. Thomas Edison decided to illuminate city streets and people’s houses with the light bulb, Henry Ford wanted to make a horseless contraption and made the Model T, Martin Luther King Jr. and others decided to end segregation, and so on.

What they did was once thought impossible. It wasn’t part of the status quo. People like them are doing stuff today that was thought impossible and what isn’t the status quo. Tablets, smartphones, smart and hybrid cars, 3D movies, online education, and more weren’t normal or possible a few years ago and now they’re more prevalent.

But what is it about these misfits that makes them different? Their mindset. They don’t think that it’s impossible to do things just because it doesn’t exist or didn’t work when others tried before, but that they can figure it out so that it does exist and works. They had a dream that cars would exist or that everybody, no matter their race, would be treated equally or that there was a better way to light up the streets with besides gas lights.

To the misfit, the innovator, the genius, the impossible is possible because, as former boxer Muhammad Ali put it:

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

They see something as impossible, but as a dare to try to do it. They don’t see the impossibility of something permanent, but as something temporary. They see something that they think is a good idea as possible, even when others say it’s impossible, and go do it. They see something as possible while most people don’t. They’re the one’s changing the world and pushing the human race forward.

Are you one of them and changing the world or are you one who thinks something is impossible and not do it? Are you going to make the world a better place or are you continuing with the status quo? If you’re not changing the world, then start now. It’s not impossible to change, invent, or do things. You just have to find what you’re good at and your passion, then find a way that you can use it to benefit everybody else.

It just depends on if you’re willing to do it. Vince Lombardi, a former coach and football player, clearly put it when he said: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

People like Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford changed the world by what they did because they were willing to put their talents, and vision to work. They were willing to change the world by changing a part of it. Whether it was creating movies, the light bulb, superheroes, cars or doing something else like ending segregation or WWII or the Great Depression, the world has changed for the better because of them. If things like superheroes, light bulbs, cars, legos, movies, computers, and smart phones are integrated into our society, so can the things we invent be a part of our society. If society changed because of what they did, so can we change society by what we do.

It’s just a matter if you’re willing to do it. They were willing to change the world, but are you? Are you willing to be a misfit/rebel/innovator/game-changer? Are you willing to face the impossibilities? Are you willing to invent, start or end something that would benefit society? Are you willing to push the human race forward? Are you willing to change the world?

You have the strength and knowledge to change the world and the impossibilities are temporary, but are you willing?

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R.E. is the founder, admin, and writer on Raise Expectations.

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