People will get online and talk about how it’s so sad that people are dying everyday. Some don’t have enough food. Some don’t have shelter. Some have no friends or family to talk to.
Than they say “I will pray for them”.
Whatever you believe in is fine. I’m not concerned about that. I’m concerned about people who think prayer is the way, or the one and only thing they can do, the only thing victims and suffering groups of people can do!
It takes more than bowing your head and closing your eyes.
It takes going out and actually connecting with or helping these helpless people. They don’t need or want you to pray for them. They want you to give them a sandwich, make them laugh, and find them a place to stay.
They want to feel what it’s like to be genuinely happy again. They want someone to be there. They want a hug. They just want to know that someone has their back, and is willing to help.
Prayer will not do any of that. It only sheds light on the issues.
We need people who are actually willing to step up and make a difference.
I will do my best to be one of those people in the next few years.
I want more so I can live life and help do more along the way.
There are the people who don’t have dreams.
These people are calm.
They are only worried about today and tomorrow.
They don’t get out much, or if they do, they see things from a normal standpoint.
They quit. They make excuses. They tell you why you can’t do something.
All they want to do is find the fastest way to feel good and do less work.
Than there are people with dreams.
These people are dedicated to a specific idea.
They feel a sense of responsibility.
They know they serve a greater purpose.
There is a constant sense of urgency in their mind
They are always thinking of ways to give more of themselves.
They look 20 years ahead and wonder “what difference will what I’m doing now make?”.
They don’t surrender.
Life to them is beautiful and full of detailed intricacies.
They know that the world will be better once they manifest their dream fully.
The difference between the two groups:
One has no reason, purpose or responsibility to act.
In 2013 and beyond I feel like a lot less people care. About doing something productive, about helping others, about consequences, etc.
For so many years I was the guy saying “text me when you get home” to my friends as we ended a night of fun. Nobody ever did it for me. I even found myself doing it a few days ago.
It’s instinctive. It’s real. It’s who I am.
I don’t like to place blame, but technology I feel has contributed to a lot of people not caring as much.
Think about it.
Don’t have any family or friends around? You can just get on the internet and create a group of supporters that feel like family and friends. Technically you don’t need people the way you used to. You can buy new connections and new people to care about you. The sims, xbox live, chats rooms, oovoo, skype, blogs, youtube, vemo, and the list go on and on.
Dying for attention? Just get online and share your story with one billion people at a time.
Only thing is, you’ll be shit out of luck if you want a hug.
If I could say one last thing to one last person, I would say…
Don’t wait for opportunities to show up, go after them.
Network like your life depends on it.
Don’t worry about how scared you are. Worry about what your life would look life if you didn’t take that chance.
Pay no attention to the people who hate you or don’t understand what it is you’re doing.
Explore parts of the world you wouldn’t normally care so much about.
Exercise like you’re paid to do it.
Say thank you.
Hesitate way less.
Stop over-analyzing everything in life.
Remember the less fortunate.
Last but not least: give more of yourself and leave a legacy behind.
I wonder what marketing will be like in 2014? Maybe they’ll add even more pop-up ads on the screen with strobe style lights. Maybe companies will put you on hold 5 minutes longer than the previous year. Maybe instead of buying commercial slots companies will just show up at your door with one of their representatives and a truck full of their products.
My advice to companies all around the world:
1). Completely undo every marketing trick you learned.
2). Start with a fresh piece of paper.
3). Have each person in the room write down the very best idea they think they have.
4). Practice, push, and pursue one of those ideas a week.
5). When one idea works stick with it for 6 months, than start over.
6). Find nicer customer service reps. (People who love the art of phone conversation).
7). Redesign your work uniforms.
8). Go on company field trips to see the very best designed companies, cities, environments, car dealerships, etc.
9). Set goals that take longer to accomplish.
10).Last but not least, if any of this works come back and let me know how it went.