We cannot overcome what we ignore. A famous poet explains how to actually change your life and the world

It’s a crazy world.

82 percent of the wealth created last year went to the richest one percent of the global population.

Technology is developing faster than it ever has, but wars and conflict are still running rife.

And for better or worse, a former reality TV star is now President of the most powerful country in the world.

Despite the craziness, most of us would agree that we want to see positive change. We want the world to be better.

But according to famous poet Cleo Wade, wanting isn’t enough. We need to take action.

In the inspiring TED talk below, Wade says that change begins within ourselves.

And more importantly, it begins by being a better person.

Check it out and prepare to be inspired to take action.

If you haven’t got time to watch the video, here are my 7 most inspiring quotes from the talk in text:

1) Start by being better

“The world will say to you, “Be a better person.” Do not be afraid to say, “Yes.” Start by being a better listener. Start by being better at walking down the street. See people. Say, “Hello.” Ask how they are doing and listen to what they say. Start by being a better friend, a better parent, a better child to your parents; a better sibling, a better lover, a better partner. Start by being a better neighbor. Meet someone you do not know, and get to know them.”

2) Peace cannot be created for others unless we create it in ourselves

“Find your peace within, hold it sacred, bring it with you everywhere you go. Peace cannot be shared or created with others if we cannot first generate it within.”

3) You can always achieve the triumph of radical empathy

Love enough to know that just because someone disagrees with you, it does not make them your enemy. You may not win an argument, you may not change a mind, but if you choose to, you can always achieve the triumph of radical empathy — an understanding of the heart.

4) See yourself in others

“Do this with forgiveness. Learn to forgive others. Start by truly learning how to forgive yourself. We are all more than our mistakes. We are all more than who we were yesterday. We are all deserving of our dignity. See yourself in others.”

5) Don’t be afraid to be part of the solution

“Do not be afraid to be a part of the solutions. Start by discussing the issues. We cannot overcome what we ignore. The more we talk about things, the more we see that the issues are connected because we are connected.”

6) Am I showing up?

We find ourselves saying to the world, “What should I do?” “What should we do?” The better question might be: “How am I showing up?” I ask the world for peace, but do I show up with peace when I see my family and friends? I ask the world to end hatred, but do I show up with love not only for those I know, but those I don’t know?

7) Change is in our hands

“We spend so much time thinking we don’t have the power to change the world. We forget that the power to change someone’s life is always in our hands. Change-making does not belong to one group of people; it belongs to all of us. You don’t have to wait on anyone to tell you that you are in this. Begin. Start by doing what you can with what you’ve got, where you are and in your own way.”


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