I have been meeting many entrepreneurs who have the desire to change the world. I too have said it. Then I stopped to really think about what this means. Is changing the world creating a product or a service that has a direct impact on people’s lives, society or the environment? How do you initiate change?
If you had met me a few years ago, I would have said that I was far from properly influencing or changing anything. Why? Because change starts with us. Change starts when you have created a balance and a peace in your own personal life. Change is when you treat people kindly and fairly; when you show them understanding and compassion. Change ignites doing things out of a positive place, a place of care. Without these elements how can one change the world?
We nurture what we care for. We grow as humans when we give a bit of ourselves to help one another. It doesn’t have to be a significant gesture. Lending a healing hand, an ear to listen, a smile in a difficult situation can change the dynamic in a person’s day.
You’re probably asking yourself what does that have to do with startups? It has tons to do with it. Facing yourself, how you react in situations, how you help people grow than put them down, how you can choose to do right instead of using someone or taking the easy way out affects the whole ecosystem of your surroundings.
Change starts with us. With time, a positive change from a negative behavior can have a ripple effect on every individual. You will not see the effect at first, but you will feel it. That feeling is empowering and it gives you energy to multiply the self realizations you make about yourself. You take those lessons and you apply them with your family, friends, colleagues and business partners.
How can you influence change in society if you mislead, exaggerate the truth, treat people unfairly, ignore your family or significant other? How can you influence others to be better if you’re not trying to be a better human yourself?
Therefore, if you want to change the world, start with yourself and you’ll discover the impact it will have in your own life and everyone you encounter.