Someone Out There is Changing the World
This idea paid me a visit about a month ago and has been trying to get my attention ever since. It wanted to be written down and reflected upon, so here it goes.
I was working at a busy Starbucks and there was a woman sitting next to me. She began Skyping with someone and I began eavesdropping (here & there). They were screen sharing and it looked as if they were working on a website strikingly similar to Facebook. I remember her saying, “Oh my God, people are going to love this. This is going to make their lives so much easier. This is amazing!” Even I began to get excited about this possibly revolutionary website development. Of course, I really had no idea what this was and what they were working on but that’s when the idea hit me.
You could be sitting next to someone who will change the world. There is someone out there somewhere who is creating, writing, researching or inventing something that will change the world.
This idea came up again when I read 20 Moments from the Past 20 Years that Moved the Whole World Forward in the December 2015 issue of Fast Company magazine — particularly the section on human anatomy.
In 2003, an international team of scientists called the Human Genome Project completed a 13-year effort to map the 3 billion DNA letters in the human genome. Their research revolutionized the way we look at medicine. As the article described, “Among the breakthroughs that have resulted from the Human Genome Project: therapies targeting certain forms of blindness and cystic fibrosis; genetic tests that predict the effectiveness of breast-cancer chemotherapy, drug cocktails for hepatitis C, and colon-cancer treatments; and advanced prenatal testing and preconception carrier screening.”
If I didn’t love Fast Company so much, I may have never learned about that and some people never will until it touches them personally.
Another instance of this came to me this past Wednesday (OK! I see you!). I went to go see the incredible Concussion with Will Smith. Sticking with the anatomy theme here, the movie told the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the doctor who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, a disease usually seen in professional football players who have suffered repetitive blows to the head. The movie was great and again, it made me think.
I was probably just walking to school somewhere while Dr. Omalu was dissecting a brain and discovered a new disease that almost changed a multi-billion dollar corporation and the perception of an American tradition.
Reflecting on this, it shows me a few things:
1 . You never know who’s sitting next to you, so be brave enough to say hello.
2. Anyone is capable of changing the world, but passion is a big part of it.
3. Changing the world is no easy feat, but it’s the ultimate motivation.