“Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing themselves,” said Leo Tolstoy.
Mahatma Gandhi didn’t have too different of a view either. He said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
Unfortunately, today, the idea of changing the world has been absurdly misplaced.
The perception is simple… Create a billion dollar company, penetrate mass population, and change lives.
There’s a reason, after all, when asked to name a few individuals who changed the world, only a handful of people pops-up in the head who either invented something or founded a company.
The mainstream has shaped that perception.
Not that it’s wrong. It’s true to every cent in fact.
However, the idea of changing the world is quite broad and subjective. And it’s essential that people realize this…
It’s important that they realize that they don’t necessarily need to create a large company, build a spaceship or discover new lands. Because the majority of the population can’t do that!
Instead, they must realize that it is the small steps, small actions, taken on a daily basis that makes the biggest difference in changing lives and, hence, the world.
Here are 7 ways how you can change the world without any brilliant idea:
1. Smile at the strangers
The power of a smile is unparalleled. It is one of the most powerful things out there, ending prejudice, mirroring hope, and spreading joy all around.
So, smile. Smile more. Smile while looking in the mirror. And smile at the strangers.
Not only will it enhance your character, building positive energy around you, it will also make the other person feel so much better.
You don’t know what that person sitting across you on the bus is going through. A simple smile can brighten his whole day, making him feel better.
2. Be a part of an NGO
Volunteer your time. (It’s more precious than your money!)
Work for the underprivileged people. Collect donation for poor people. Teach the kids. Spend time with elders. Create awareness for the help that millions of people need.
By just working in the NGO at the weekends, even for a few hours, can impact so many lives in so many ways!
3. Be kind to everyone
Kindness is cool. Mainstream doesn’t tell you this. But it’s true.
While we’re all separated through caste, color, religion, boundaries and other factors, it is the kindness that brings us together to make this world worth living in.
So, be kind to everyone. Don’t empower hate and negativity. Talk good, do good. Help everyone that needs you.
4. Feed that homeless person this weekend
You know that homeless person who lives on the street right around the corner. You see him every day. You see him finding food in the garbage.
Feed him this weekend. Buy him some good food.
Go up to him, take him some food, change his world with your kindness.
Believe it, when likely all hope is lost for him, this simple act can reinstate his belief in humans.
5. Plant a tree (and then another one)
The world needs more green. It’s good for the environment, and hence everyone.
So, plant a tree. And then plant another one. Plant a garden. Plant a forest if possible.
Even after you’re gone, these trees will mark your lasting presence on earth. Yes, no one would remember who planted them. But it’s also secondary. Your trees would continue to provide shade to hundreds and thousands of people.
They would continue to make the environment so much better.
They would continue impacting so many lives, directly and indirectly.
6. Standup against bad
Just trying to do good isn’t sufficient.
In fact, good will only work and be impactful when there’s less bad.
So, whenever you see something wrong happening around you, don’t remain a spectator. Stand up against it. Speak against it.
Raise your voice against harassment, child labor, poverty, bullies and other social evils and bad things.
7. Change one person’s life
Imagine if each of us just focuses on changing only one person’s life, it would create a chain, which would automatically change the whole world.
So, take responsibility for one person outside your close family. Just one. It could be anyone, your neighbor, friend, or that stranger.
Help them financially and emotionally. Don’t give them a fish and feed them for a day; instead, teach them how to fish and let them feed themselves their whole life.
Teach them to be a better person. And then ask them to do the same that you did for them to others.
Changing the world is not difficult. It really isn’t difficult if you really want to make a difference.
You don’t need a brilliant idea. You don’t need to build a billion-dollar company.
Mother Teresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”
With (very) small steps and measures, taken every day, you can create many ripples, which can eventually change the world.