All the great things that haven’t happened yet, are history waiting to happen.
Brad Meltzer presents this idea and more in his passionate, inspired TED talk: Write Your Story, Change History
His three main points:
Martin Luther King Jr. was 26, Amelia Earhart was 25 and Steve Jobs was 21 when they all made their mark on the world. If you dream big, no matter how old you are, you can change history.
The hardest work of all is being resilient in the face of failure. Every time the Wright brothers went out to fly their aircraft, they took extra materials for all the crashes. They knew they were going to fail and they kept trying anyway.
No one likes a jerk and the world needs fewer loudmouths – so stay humble.
All history is is stories. To change history, all you have to do is write your story. You will change history – in big ways or in small ways – and both are equally important. History is changed when you write your story. You will have moments when you will doubt, wonder if you will succeed, or wonder if you should give up. The good news? You don’t have to create a multi-million dollar change overnight. You can start by being kind to one person. And you will change the world if you do something beyond yourself.
Every life makes history and every life is a story. What is yours?
As many schools are heading into the Exhibition around this time of year, this might be a good video to share with our kids to help them think about their story and the mark they will leave as they depart Elementary School.
What makes your heros important to you?
How have you ever changed history?
Do you agree with Meltzer that simple things done by ordinary people can help change history forever?