Become a Thought Leader

Global culture is undergoing a shift of interactive real time communication. To circumvent the world, one would need to travel almost 26,000 miles. Now at the touch of a finger we can be in five continents, translate a conversation into ten languages and get an enhanced understanding of multiple cultures without leaving our bed.

We have become the ultimate planet, without flaw and without limits. We have set and achieved goals our parents never thought possible, and now we are moving faster than we can we can envision. Life is perfect. We are blessed with efficiency tools, mobile technology, global interaction and information at our finger tips.

What more could we possibly need?

An identity.

When was the last time you had an original thought or idea?
When was the last time you made a statement?
When was the last time you had a defining moment in your life?
When was the last time you were the leader and not the follower?

After you calculate all the time you spend on Facebook, watching movies on your IPad, texting your friends and family, tweeting about your great alfalfa tofu sandwich, blogging about the state of the state, downloading music, playing Cityville, and uploading your mobile pictures, look how much is left.

After you figure out the remaining time, how much of it is spent on quality connections and personal achievement.

How many of you have done the following in the last five years:

1.) Taken the time to write a hand written letter
2.) Had a picnic in the park or at the beach and let time just pass you by
3.) Written a book, a song, or a poem
4.) Learned something completely new
5.) Invented something (recipe, innovation, idea)
6.) Built something from scratch
7.) Went a day without your computer, TV, radio and car

How many are scratching their heads now? I have a feeling a few of you are.

Each year certain catch phrases gain popularity and one of them is “Thought leader”. It is an interesting phrase with many interpretations.

One of the defining traits that many citizens fall under is the notion of being a follower.

For example:
Yahoo trends topics
Digg and StumbleUpon promote the most viewed links
Twitter runs the top ten topics
Foursquare trends locations

We are all fascinated by what others want to see or do.

Remember, nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd.

Here is my interpretation of “thought leader” and my homework to you.

Wake UP your creative juices. Define, harness and implement something new. Take a risk and make it your own. You may fail and then you will have the courage and passion to try again. Somewhere between the Industrial Revolution and the IPod, we stopped thinking for ourselves and started picky backing on the success of others.

We need people to step up again and redefine what makes humans such an amazing race. We have thrived on intellect but without compassion and drive, that brain power is in essence powerless.

I am reaching out to everyone to ask you to find the compassion to stand apart and begin a crusade to be great again. Find what has been hidden in the cornerstone of your mind and let it out. Scream it and lead it. Each of you are destined for greatness. The hard part is finding it within yourself.


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