Amateurs Making Our Lives Better: Planning 2017

Posted on January 1, 2017 by Dr. Lynda

How good are you at embracing something completely new? What would life look like if a few more of us jumped into the unknown and just figured it out as we go?

Today we may inspire you, expand your sense of what is possible, and introduce you to a few unlikely heroes.

If 2017 turns out to be a better year for everyone, it may be because more ordinary people, like all of us, amateurs, decide to commit to something completely new.

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We many even, already know what that formula looks like! Think:

The ALS ice bucket challenge: it was started by great people who were ordinary folks exactly like you and I. (Today you’ll learn their story.)

A 14-year-old who built a nuclear fusion reactor in his garage: he used things like Fiesta Ware dishes and smoke detectors, old alarm clocks. (We’ll hear that story too!)

Have you ever thought you might start a new community movement, open a small business, or take charge of a problem that needs a champion?

I suspect that sometimes we hold back because we don’t want to suffer through that amateur stage or we don’t think we have the resources to begin a new adventure. Today we’ll learn about a number of people who point a way forward for us all!

Get your favorite beverage and curl up with this inspiring and fascinating podcast from the TED Radio Hour.

Amateurs Changing the World

First up, let’s hear the delightful story of the world’s greatest teenage garage project:

Amazing. Did you catch the fact that he has never gone through the ordinary course of study? This reveals the possibility in becoming self-taught if you have enough passion and access!

Now, by definition, amateurs who become experts in a completely new area, are self-taught, mostly through the school of hard knocks. Here’s that story about how all the dumping of ice buckets became a worldwide phenomenon:

Via: TED Radio Hour 2

And how about the things we learn about ourselves and the world when we immerse ourselves in something completely new? Next up, some great insights about how much our behavior changes our thoughts.

This speaker lives the “fake it until you make it” philosophy. Here’s a guy who has made a life out of being an amateur…

It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking, than to think your way into a new way of acting.

I love that quote from that last fabulous web-share. It may be a great fall back position as we think about the way we want to create 2017 for ourselves.

Here’s a little more inspiration:

We’ve already written many articles about amateurs who just followed their passions and changed the world seemingly by accident.

A jobless, new college graduated, journalism major, saves an entire, rare species: the Fishing Cat of Southeast Asia

Adam Braun’s journey from average student-athlete to survivor of a rogue wave on a ship in the north Atlantic, to founder of a global education charity changing the lives to millions of children: Pencils of Promise.

Or how about the story of a teenager who is changing the lives of many?!

Image: stacking a small rock cairnBetter yet, have you read our story here at EWC? (You can do that by clicking here.)

We were in the same boat as many “starters”: We had no background what-so-ever in anything needed for this website, no funding and no connections.

But we saw a problem: someone needed to start changing the negative dialogue about our world without any other agenda.

After a long fruitless search on the web for such a place, we decided it was going to have to be us! Now the website you are visiting – with no agenda and no advertising – has over 100,000 views a month from 190 countries!

Yes, amateurs can make the world a better place in a big way, and you can join us on this project too! You can join our team,  send us article ideas in the form of a simple link. We have “guest writers”, and some people happily just spread the word for us on social media, others simply subscribe and live happier lives. A sense of possibility is contagious!

Here’s an easy and positive New Year’s Resolution:

Make time in the new year to take in one promising EWC news story each day about the innovation and insight still plentiful in the world, maybe to begin your day better or end it on a positive note before you turn in for bed.

Happy New Year!

Stay open, curious and optimistic!

~ Dr. Lynda

Want to start the new year right?

Dive into a few more positive articles here at Ever Widening Circles (EWC).

We are changing the negative dialogue about our world by publishing carefully fact-checked news about innovations and insights uncelebrated in the mass media!

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You can scroll down to the bottom of this page for a few more articles I can recommend, or head to our homepage to scroll down there through our archives, sure to put a spring in your step and expand your knowledge about what is really going on in this world.

Want to be adventurous?

Try our new Surprise Me button! Then once you land somewhere, try something new, and dive into the article there, even if you don’t think you will be interested! (We only write about things that would strike a chord of wonder in almost everyone.)

Surprise Me!

EWC Insider Tip: you can always find the Surprise Me button in the upper right column beside every article!

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