Learning From Bono | Changing The World

I wish I was at TED 2013. I followed Bono’s talk on Twitter and the TED blog. Wow Bono, the U2 front man, is passionate about music and world change. He is also co-founder of the ONE campaign, a movement fighting the injustice of extreme poverty.

I’m sure when U2 started Bono never dreamed that his music would give him the platform he has today. It is not only his music that has allowed him to fight poverty. He understood the influence or the platform his music gave him beyond his performance.

Means and End

I am not aware of Bono’s motivations when they started U2. It may have started out as a means to get their music out to entertain people and make a living. As with many things, you never realize the true potential of an endeavor until you actually pursue it.

The potential impact of endeavors gets more obvious when they are pursued

From Bono, we can learn not to make our vocation the end but a means. Dare to make your career more than getting cheese on your table. It is important to provide for your family but you have to live for something more than just fame or your career for the sake of it.

We have more to give to the world than our selfishness

Not having money, skills, time and other resources like Bono, does not excuse you from not contributing your share to world change. To leaving posterity with a great future. Reading this is evidence that you have more than enough to give.

Stop looking at what you don’t have and use what you do have to play your part in changing the world.

You may not grace the stage at TED like Bono and many others, but that is not the point. The point is leaving something for your children’s children’s children that you will be proud to give. A world where poverty is something read from history textbooks. A world where posterity looks back in history in shock and disgust at the levels of corruption in our time because it will be foreign to them.

leaving a greater world for posterity is a choice you must make

changing the world is not reserved for few rock stars. everyone of us has a part to play and we can do it passionately and big like rock stars

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Consider how much influence you have. You may not have a rock star’s platform but there are people you influence. Leverage your influence.  Influence is currency and catalyst for world change, but only works when it is traded. Dare to make big asks in making the world a greater place. Do it like a rock star and be unashamed and unapologetic about making the world a greater place.

What else can we learn from Bono and other rock stars to help us make the world a greater place?



How Bad Followers Make Great Leadership Development Resource

Leadership is about influencing people toward making a vision a reality. It involves innumerable dynamics. One of the greatest, if not the greatest dynamic, is the human one. As much as leaders are not perfect, so are followers. Every leader has at least one ‘bad follower’ at a certain time or all the time.

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Addressing The Fear Of Only One Masterpiece

It takes work to change the world. Do not believe the naysayers who say you cannot change the world. There are too many examples of people whose impact on history and humanity are clear. World change is possible. It may not be instant or in one area.

It is heretics who changed history. Their seemingly isolated impact in areas of their discipline, such as the arts, eventually spilled over into other areas. Today we celebrate their work as masterpieces. They are likely to have not felt like they were creating masterpieces at the time but that is what we celebrate them as today.

it does not matter what discipline you lead in; work at it, potential to change the world is not restricted to one discipline  || image  Clownhouse III  | cc

it does not matter what discipline you lead in; work at it, potential to change the world is not restricted to one discipline

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Sometimes masterpieces are created unawares. Thus, you must never undermine your work. Your present area of influence and the world still needs your work to make it greater.

On the other hand, sometimes we are aware that we are creating masterpieces as we work. Yeah yeah… Everyone thinks his or her work is a masterpiece. If you are giving all you can, with what you have, where you are, to make a greater change then you are creating masterpieces.

Sometimes heretics, in their bid to change the world, are overwhelmed by a sense that their work is a masterpiece. There are times when this happen that they fear to ship or publish their work.

No matter how hard you work or how well you pay attention to the detail in your work, it will never make a difference until you ship it. You have to release the things you work for them to make any difference.

Don’t be afraid to give your best for the fear of only accomplishing one great feat. Don’t be afraid you will only create one masterpiece. So what if you only make one significant contribution to humanity?! The important thing is to allow yourself every attempt, in every opportunity to make the world a greater place.

Don’t be afraid to put out your work because it might the only great thing you’ll ever do… if it does… then you’ve done it… Rather not hold back and give something than die without having done so or live with could and should haves… Be bold. Be /ˈherətik/.

How To Silence The Critics

For every attempt there are a million critics. Critics are chickens. Most of them criticize to bring you down to their level: being too scared to dare to do anything. Critics are too scared to do something and want other people to join them in their fear.

Critics never see possibility. Some of them criticize people for pursuing something, which they have never attempted themselves.

Critics are great to point out the odds. They are great at magnifying the odds and challenges and not the possibilities. They often hide behind ‘being realistic or pragmatic’. Heretics understand that bringing about significant change involves you being unreasonable.

Critics are all just talk. Action is what brings about real change.

Bringing about change already has its own challenges. Chasing something that normal people, you know the ones who love the status quo, consider unreasonable is only going to bring criticism more intensely.

Giving in to the critics, those who love the status quo, will cut you to something worse than them. For you to succeed you have to silence them.

You do not silence a critic by lashing out at them. That only energizes them. It gives them ammunition. Ignoring critics is not a guarantee to silencing them but it reduces the sting of their attacks.

The best way to silence critics is to do exactly what they say is impossible. When you defy the critics, they will become your greatest evangelists. Silence your critics by focusing on your work. Do your work. Stay on your hustle.

Your cause is too important to direct any energy at attacking critics. Save every ounce of energy and focus on making your vision happen, not the critics.

If they see that their criticism will not make you quit they will eventually get tired, leave you alone and forget about you. They will forget about you till you prove them wrong, of course.

If you never achieve anything in your pursuits, at least you had a great ride trying ;-) Be bold. Be /ˈherətik/.

Dare. Start. This is how to silence the critics.