I am going to begin this blog with a call to arms, written by Everett Bogue. He has helped push me to realize my own goals and I know he can do the same for you.
“The hardest day in the world is the one when you realize that you’re a leader.
When you stand up in front of a group of people (or tweet, because that works better) and say something that matters.
Like: You need to stop buying stupid crap that doesn’t matter.
You need to say things that matter.
You need to stop checking your email 456,432 times a day.
Etc, your own message will vary.
The reality of the situation is that the day you realize you’re a leader is every day after that first day. When you wake up in the morning and realize you can change the world in a small way. That’s freakin’ overwhelming. Sometimes it makes me want to just wake up and pour a gin and tonic and just not do anything all day.
But that’s what everyone does, except you.
Everyone wakes up, realizes they have the capability to be an extraordinary and unconventional individual, and then they go back to sleep and forget. Every single day.
Only a few people, like Danielle Laporte, Jeffrey F. Tang, Chris Guillebeau, etc. Wake up every day and realize their soul mission (yes, soul) in life is to inspire people to be leaders. To speak the truth that matters. To make this world a better place. Because if you don’t, who will?
Right now I’m struggling with the reality of the situation that the business that I started with a sheer act of FAITH will with some miracle of whatever break $100,000 before it’s one year old.
Yes, breaking 6-figures telling people to stop buying crap (or how to sell your crap, like Man Vs Debt) is a lot scarier than working at Starbucks for the rest of your life. But someone has to do it, and it might as well be you too.
So, I challenge you. When you wake up tomorrow, step up and start creating a movement.
I wrote about creating movements before, and then slowly that work fell by the wayside. Creating a movement is NOT a rest stop on the freeway. It is the sole reason that we are on this planet.
So, I challenge you. When you wake up tomorrow, step up and start being a leader.
Read a book that will make you think about your potential.
Take a yoga practice.
Go live on a boat, Julien.
Say one thing that matters. One thing isn’t too hard, right?
Destroy your TV and leave your house and never go back, because this is life. We’re living it, and every fraking second we’re dying it too.
The only thing that you can do is to fundamentally change the way that other people are living.
One idea can change the planet. I know this. I feel this. You feel it too.
This message is meant to wake you up, so you never go to sleep again. I realize that most of you probably will. That’s okay too. But you’ve heard this music before, and you remember that one time when you were five and you stood up on that stage and said something that people frowned at you for. And then you learned that you should never say things that challenge people again.
You are not the next X years after that moment. You are now. You are able to change everything with one idea, one thought, one moment when you choose to stand up and make a difference in the reality of the entire human race.
Yes, that’s hard. Yes it’s the hardest thing you will ever do.
But if you don’t do it, who will?
Chris Guillebeau’s book The Art of Non-Conformity came out today, it’s only like $8 on Amazon and comes in real book form. You might remember me recommending his Empire Builder Kit, and The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself before.
Yes, once you read it you can never go back. But does that matter? No. Because going back is for everyone else. Not you. Not this time.
This isn’t the TV, not everyone sits in front of it all day. The only way this message reaches other people is if you share it. Facebook and Twitter are a good place to start, but there are a million and one ways. Print it out and post it on a wall if you have to.”
Quoted from Everett Bogue’s blog, check it out: Far Beyond the Stars.
Originally posted: August 17, 2010