I wasn’t planning to write a tribute to Steve Jobs for my positive pick today. But, as the news of his death spreads around the globe, it seemed fitting to take a moment to remember the man who encouraged us to “think different.” In this simple and beautiful commercial that reportedly never aired, Steve Jobs says,
“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. 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.”
In my recent article in Differences Magazine, I encouraged readers to Build a Better World. The key to changing to world is to believe that you can. So often when we see things that we think need to be changed, we stand back and fret, complain, and wonder who is going to change things. Well, I would say that it’s time that we did. Making this world different, making it better, requires that each one of us as individuals take the initiative to stand up and be heard.
It is not enough to sit around bemoaning the state of things. If we want change, we must first believe that we can make change happen. And then, we must be willing to be thought crazy, a misfit, a rebel, or a troublemaker. My friend, until you see your place in making the world a better place, it will not become one. You, yes you, have the power to do something in your everyday life that changes this world for the better. Maybe you can volunteer at a community agency, write a letter to the owners of a company that are selling products that are harmful, make a phone call that will soothe a troubled heart, organize a protest against policies that are unfair, be a friend to someone in need, provide food or clothing to those without. In large ways and small ways, this old world can be better because you were here.
Take a moment, just a moment, to ask yourself how you can make this world a better place. Steve Jobs believed with all of his heart that he could change the world, and he did. The world of technology and the ways that we interact with it have been forever changed. What mark do you want to leave on the world? When your time has passed, will you be remembered as one of those who was crazy enough to believe that they could change the world? I hope to leave that legacy. We can change the world. Now, let’s go do it.