I ask every American who agrees to lift your voice: Tell the people who are gathered here tonight that you want action now. Tell Washington that doing nothing is not an option. Remind us that if we act as one nation and one people, we have it within our power to meet this challenge. (Pres. Obama, Sept. 8, 2011)
We have the power–under God–to meet this challenge. Yesterday I read a blog post by Michael Hyatt on the difference between successful and unsuccessful creatives at Michael Hyatt\’s blog. Two of his suggestions seem especially relevant to what President Obama asked of us in his Jobs Bill speech:
- Take responsibility.
- If we don’t like what’s going on, we have the right to demand that our leaders work to change broken systems IF we are willing to participate in the process of change.
But what can you and I do? We can speak out whenever an opportunity occurs in our own circles of influence. But before we speak, we should have done research so we are presenting useful, balanced arguments that make disagreement difficult (by the way, don’t view dissenters as the enemy).
Where do we get truthful information when so much of the media is blatantly biased? Study several sources, preferably some that are created by foreign media (I keep NPR Topics: News; IBTimes.com and BBC News on my Google homepage). Whatever we read, it is imperative that we use our critical thinking ability to analyze their objectivity!
2. Seek help.
- Ask others to join with us (or join with them), not just for the blending of diverse skills, but also for the strengthening of commitment that comes from being accountable to others.
But where do we find those willing to partner? I find that when I am willing to speak out, potential colleagues quickly make themselves known by their input in the discussion. Then all I have to do is ask them to meet with me, either in-person or online. If they’re already in a related group, they may let me join.
How many does it take to make a difference? In the words of Margaret Mead:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Will you join me here with your creative ideas to change what is broken in our systems?