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Change Your World

How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Difference

By John C. Maxwell and Rob Hoskins
13-minute read
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Change Your World by John C. Maxwell and Rob Hoskins

Change Your World (2021) is a hands-on guide for those yearning to transform themselves and their communities. Instead of being daunted by all the problems in the world, we can identify the issues that are most important to us, and take concrete actions toward finding a solution. Even small actions can have a ripple effect, inspiring others to join us in working for change. 

  • Altruistic business leaders who want to make a difference 
  • Activists who want to learn how to build a sustainable movement
  • Those who feel overwhelmed when they watch the news

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books in fifty languages. 

Rob Hoskins is Director of OneHope, an organization that has had an impact on the lives of more than 1.6 billion young people around the world.

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Change Your World

How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Difference

By John C. Maxwell and Rob Hoskins
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Change Your World (2021) is a hands-on guide for those yearning to transform themselves and their communities. Instead of being daunted by all the problems in the world, we can identify the issues that are most important to us, and take concrete actions toward finding a solution. Even small actions can have a ripple effect, inspiring others to join us in working for change. 

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In order to change the world, you need to become courageously hopeful.

Open up any newspaper, and you’ll be bombarded with terrible news about the world. Hundreds of thousands of deaths due to coronavirus, wildfires ravaging countries, people losing their jobs and homes – the list continues. 

Reading that kind of news can make you want to throw up your hands in despair. But you can’t afford to get demoralized or wait for other people to solve the world’s problems. If you really want to change the world, you have to start thinking about how you can become a unique part of the solution.

The key message here is: In order to change the world, you need to become courageously hopeful. 

We place artificial limits on ourselves when we buy into the belief that we can’t change the world. So the first step in becoming part of the solution is changing this mindset. We need to challenge our own hidden assumptions and pessimistic beliefs. You should replace your pessimistic views with the belief that you can make a difference. Sure, you may not be able to solve world hunger in one fell swoop, but you can make a valuable contribution. 

Bryan Jarrett had every reason to be cynical and despairing about the world. Abandoned by his father, he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child. He spent his teens drinking and trying to numb the pain, but over the years, something changed. He realized that he had the opportunity to help youths in the same position he’d been in. He dared to hope for a different future — for himself, and for the young people he worked with. Jarrett and his wife founded Lonesome Dove Ranch, a place of healing and rehabilitation for young people who had suffered abuse. The ranch has since made a difference in the lives of thousands of young people.

Like Jarrett, you need to be courageously hopeful about the future. Hope isn’t passive. Being hopeful doesn’t mean that you’re burying your head in the sand and just hoping for the best. Rather, it means that you’re aware of the vast problems you face, and believe that by taking action you can help to make things better. As we’ll learn in the next blink, we can all become catalysts for change. We simply need to identify a cause that moves us, and then get to work. 

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