So I went to a MeetUp last night. It was a group in Naperville, Illinois, and the group is called TEDx Naperville, an independently organized TED event. We have all seen TED videos right? The videos are thought provoking, motivating, inspiring etc…at least the ones I have seen are.
So I get there and I ask, what is the purpose of the group? I’m told that we will watch two or three TED videos, and then discuss them. Sounds good to me…I’m IN.
Video #1 was just OK, and there was very little discussion. Video #2 was heart touching, and made me cry….and apparently I was the only one touched by it, another blog post on that coming later. Video #3 wasn’t even a TED video, but Steve Job’s 2005 Commencement Address to Stanford University. Very Inspiring, if you haven’t seen it watch it here. Steve Jobs talked about three things: #1 He didn’t graduate college, #2 Being fired from Apple, and #3 Death.
After the video, people were saying nice things about it, then the moderator says something like, “Doesn’t anyone find this to be bullshit?” I asked him why he thought it was, and that conversation lead to a very interesting aha moment for me.
I thought people who liked TED videos were ALL like me. I thought they were all into personal development, and the Universal Laws of Success. But last night, I stood alone in understanding the value in what Steve Jobs told that 2005 graduating class.
Here is what every other person took from that video: Steve Jobs was rich, and while he could stand there and give advice to those graduates and tell them to follow their passion in life, that wasn’t “real world” advice. After all, Steve Jobs could “afford” to follow his passion. They all thought all of those graduates were either already wealthy or would be because they now had a Stanford diploma.
One guy said, “Regular people go to work and come home and watch TV at night.” Every single one of them saw their lives as “regular people” who work to make a living to just “get by”. One said, “It doesn’t matter how much money you make because one illness could wipe you out.” The sentiment behind this statement was, so why even try, you’re just going to lose it all anyway when you get sick. There was no light at the end of anyone’s tunnel, and if they saw a light it was only going to be attached to a large train that was going to run them over before their time. The attitude of the room seemed to be: We will work and then we will die. I felt like I was in an episode of the Twilight Zone. Seriously, it was like they were speaking a foreign language to me.
Try as I might, I couldn’t get them to understand that “regular people” do amazing things with their lives. Regular people drop out of college and change the world like Steve Jobs did. Regular people developed a vaccine to eradicate polio like Jonas Salk did. Regular people can become a journalist, get their own talk show, and become someone amazing, like Oprah did. Regular people care for the sick, the elderly and poor that no one else will, like Mother Theresa did.
And there was my “Aha Moment”. There are more people in the world like those in the group last night, than there are of me. I’m in the minority. I never saw that before because in my world, Regular people write books, Regular people write blogs, Regular people start businesses, Regular people understand how important personal development is so they can do amazing things everyday while the rest of the world goes to work, and just “gets by,” never having the life they want. Regular people do amazing things every day and some of them become wonderfully rich because of the amazing things they do. God, I LOVE America!
Warning! The next statement is going to sound very arrogant, and I just want you to know that I realize how it sounds. It’s not meant to sound arrogant, but it does…so here goes. When I left, I had decided these people need me. WOW, that is a pretty arrogant statement, right? But I know I could help each and every one of them become Amazing Regular People. But in order to do that, these people would have to believe there is more to life than going to work, doing their job, coming home and watching TV all night.
I decided to go back one more time, not because they need me, but to see if any of the seeds I planted have taken root. I am not here to force people to have, be, and do more than what they want. I am here to help those few who believe they can have more, be more and do more than they have so far.
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