Many moons ago, Apple Computer wanted John Sculley to join them as CEO and apply his marketing skills to the personal computer market. Sculley was not sure that he wanted to join Apple and Steve Jobs sealed the deal when he made his legendary pitch to John, “Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or, do you want to come with me and change the world?”
This quote has stuck with me through the years and it is always a powerful reminder for me: I think that 99.9% of what we humans do to earn a living is selling sugared water. Think deep and hard about what you are doing in your job. Does it embody your high level of standards? Does it fill your heart with gladness? Does it inspire you to be even more? If so, then congratulations! If you are doing your dream job and making the world a better place, it is my belief that you are among 0.1% of the population of this small blue dot we affectionately call “Earth.”
If on the other hand, you are like most of us and unsure of what you are doing to make the world better, than maybe you should ask yourself the Steve Jobs’ question… And, if you do ask that question, you might get a sinking feeling in your stomach that says, “You are not doing everything in your power to accomplish great things.”
Supposing you do get that tummy ache, I suggest that instead of pouting and feeling sorry for yourself, you decide to make a change! Think about it… We are all capable of controlling our destiny. You! And, you alone can determine what path you take each day. Sure there are outside influences that will try to knock you off your path
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. But I believe that you can either let those influences alter your course, or you can stand up to them and say, “No.”
Together we are capable of anything. I mean that. You and I can make the world a better place. I choose to believe this, and I choose to do something about it. I’m doing it right now in fact. My blog is one of the ways that I strive to inspire my friends, family, and complete strangers who follow my shenanigans. This is one of my many ideas to make the world a better place. Come join me!!!
For what it’s worth… When Steve asked John that question, he thought about it and then accepted the job. Powerful words with an even more powerful meaning!
So tell me, Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or, do you want to come with me and change the world?
All the best,
Vaughn “the world changer” Ripley
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Ready to change the world!!!
If anyone can do it, Mike… It’s you! Go for it, brother!
Interesting thoughts! I think I occasionally change the world with my work. In thinking about it though, the thing I do most to change the world is volunteer for a few hours each week at my son’s elementary school. This year I’m helping 1st graders who are behind to learn to add and subtract. Plus reading with kids, and helping wherever they need me. Thinking through my life, I think parenting and volunteering at school are probably the biggest contributions I’m currently making. And maybe motivating some people for sport-related things (probably that’s a secondary part at the moment).
Thanks for getting my brain working for real this morning 🙂
As usual you are insightful and help me to get my brain working as well. Thanks for being so supportive and keep up the most-excellent help with the kids!!!
We are changing the world, one hair salon at a time. The world those ladies live in will never be the same again.
Insightful post. Poignant.
HA! You crack me up, Chuck! Do what you gotta do to make the world better!!!