Confucius Jackie #1

Be the change you want to see in the world are words that I try to live by every day. Some days, I’m quite lazy, and I don’t get much done (staycations are awesome), but when I am active, I try to be the best influence on others I can be.

I received an email from a recently made friend, and it was very touching to me even though that was not the intended purpose of said email. I asked very simple questions about this person because we are collaborating on a project together. “Why this project?” and “what motivated you to start it?” I learned quite a bit about this person and what struck me the most was how seemingly random events tied together to bring us to where we are today. A lot of this was possible because people simply love helping others.

Be kind. Be generous. Be helpful. Be influential. That’s what I took from this email. The first part begins with you. YOU need to go out and ask for help. Nothing can be accomplished unless you take the initiative. But don’t worry when you do. There are others, people who have more experience in whatever field you choose to explore, that are willing to help you. It’s true that some “veterans” won’t bother with a level 1 n00b, but you will be surprised by how helpful and generous others will be. These people love to see newcomers thrive and bloom into their own all because they share the same love.

I love creative people. I love talking to them, collaborating with them, sharing ideas, basking in the love of making something out of nothing. And I will always try to help people who ask for my assistance. Even if I’m not personally able to help, I can hopefully point you in the right direction. The world is crappy enough as it is. Why not focus on the beautiful things we can create? There’s a lot of knowledge out there.

Even if your name is not widely known, you can still influence the people in your life. You may be great at something that someone else is not, and if they ask for your help, share your knowledge with them. Don’t degrade or belittle them because what they don’t know is common knowledge to you. Coach them, guide them, be a constructive and positive force. It can be anything. Perhaps you want to learn how to crochet or change a flat tire, or you want to write a book or start a webseries. Whatever your passion is, whatever it is you want to learn, be happy that there are people out there that want to see you succeed. You just have to make the first step and go for it.

The project I am working on with my friend mentioned earlier will be amazing. And I cannot wait to share it with you guys. And it all started because he had an idea, sought help to make it a reality, built a team, and refuses to see it fail. Those are the kind of people that make life awesome.