Today my friend and coworker Kevin said that he knows that we (the “staff” of Journey, where I work) all want to help “change lives.”
But I’m not sure I do.
For me, to “change lives” means to develop, to bring about incremental growth, to help someone off drugs, or to stop drinking, or to be nicer to their wife, or to otherwise clean up their life. And while I recognize the obvious value and necessity of all of those things, his statement helped me realize that I am something else.
I am more about maximizing the potential of humanity. I instigate ideas, catalyze thought and action. I am a leadership firestarter, igniting flames of passion in others so they can go out and use their lives to change the world.
Maybe it’s semantics, a small distinction. But for me, it was a light bulb.
The Rich Young Me by Josh Allan Dykstra on January 29th, 2008
Los Angeles, City Of Broken Angels by Josh Allan Dykstra on January 17th, 2007
We Are What We Choose (2010 Princeton Baccalaureate Remarks by Jeff Bezos) by Josh Allan Dykstra on June 20th, 2010