- Posted by Janet Zaretsky
- On June 26, 2017
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I was in Atlanta with my husband recently. We spent some time at the Civil Rights Museum. We were quiet and contemplative as we toured it, read plaques, watched videos, experienced the famous Woolworth lunch counter and learned about not only civil rights but international human rights. It was moving. It was inspiring. It was upsetting. It was awakening.
On the wall of the 3rd floor, which is the Human Rights exhibit, there was a plaque that I photographed. I am putting that here for you to read:
The 2 parts that impacted me the most were:
“Imagine a world, where all people are treated with dignity and everyone is able to fulfill his or her potential.”
“Stand up, speak out: the world is yours to change.”
I might be an idealist, but I really believe it is possible to have that kind of world and I do believe you and I can change the world. When I talk to people about these sort of things, sometimes that idea seems overwhelming and because of that, we (the people I speak to as well as myself), do nothing. We just go through our lives and don’t shake things up, don’t take risks. I understand completely, as I have times like that, too.
I have had conversations with other people about this since and have discovered something that I want to share with you. One action matters. Imagine a world where we each took one action for ourselves, where we were fulfilling our own potential. It likely would involve doing something outside our individual comfort zones. Living life on the skinny branches where there is no safety net is scary, but also has the potential for great rewards.
Some questions to ask yourself about you in your business or in your career: Where are you playing it safe? What don’t you get to have or who don’t you get to ‘be’ or what don’t you get to do because you are playing it safe? When you answer that, you may see that you are, in fact, holding yourself back from fulfilling your own potential. The obvious answer, then, is take the leap. See what happens when you take any new action!
As people, we are naturally concerned for ourselves first, but most people also care deeply about other people and their success. In the quote about “everyone is able to fulfill his or her potential” brings to the forefront the opportunity to contribute to others. One action makes a difference, it matters. It is risky as well. However, I also know how rewarding it is to support someone else’s success and how great that feels. If you want to change the world, the opportunity is right in front of you, and I.
It is likely that you have colleagues or friends that you could say something to, that you could offer encouragement or even suggestions to that potentially would support them in their career or business. If that speaks to you, I invite you to say something. Stand up, speak out, change their world.