The scene was my 40th high school reunion. The speaker Joe MacIntyre. After reviewing accomplishments of members of our high school class he said, “I looked up our life expectancy and it says we have about 23 years left, the question is what are you going to do with it?
It was a great provocation. “Society says” that in your 60’s and 70’s it’s time for retirement and relaxation. Here Joe stood in the face of conventional thought and challenged the High School class of 1977 to get up, get out and get going.
Conversations with my classmates after Joe’s talk indicated that their were many who were leading into the future with excitement as Joe has challenged… I had a conversation on ways to transform education. A discussion on how to better help people in third world countries. Sadly - not all saw it that way… many saw their future in the classic way - retirement, taking it easy, and yes… one said “moving to Florida to play golf!!!!!”
Myself, I’ve publicly dedicated my next 23 years to a movement whose mission is to change the world through systems that enable innovation by everyone, everywhere, every day. It’s called Innovation Engineering.
So when I was asked at the reunion what am I doing? My answer was simple “I’m working with a group of people to change the world by enabling innovation.” Most nodded and ignored the statement.
One person challenged me asking “Do you really think you will change the world?” I paused and took a sip of Relativity - my craft whiskey that just went to market in Boston (that I had smuggled into the venue of course)… my response was very honest. Our odds of changing the whole world are very low - however - we are finding that the odds of changing each individual we teach and coach are over 80% and we’re getting better at it. We’re also finding that when we reach a critical mass of leaders, managers, workers within companies and communities it sets off a chain reaction of positives.
Every person we change is a piece of the interconnected world.
Each person makes a difference in their sphere of influence.
Each person brings us one step closer to changing the world.
To be honest - the fact that changing the world is a “long shot” - makes it all the more worth doing. It also makes it all the more rewarding. And if it was easy - anyone would do it - could do it.
So that’s my answer to Joe’s challenge. I’m going to help a movement of dreamers and doers called the Innovation Engineering movement - change the world.
What are you going to do over the next 23 years?
How are you going to make a difference that’s meaningful?
Where are you going to give of your time, talents and energy?
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