Though it was many decades ago, I still remember vividly the first time I liked the idea of being different in a left-handed way*.
Perhaps that realization has flavored my life, or perhaps I am just weird. Whatever the reason, I like to try to do things differently. In the last few days a number of examples have come my way, so I knew it was time to share about this important topic.
First, the examples**:
- Elon Musk and Richard Branson doing space travel differently
- Prof. Sebastian Thrun‘s online courses at Udacity
- A man in Florida building a private toll road, and that his main goal is to protect the wild land around the road with the funds from the tolls
Not many of us have the audacity of Richard Branson, or the family inheritance of the gentleman building the road in Tallahassee, but we can still make a difference. Here’s a few ideas:
- Speaking up , or acting up, for something we believe in though others are against it–by sharing our belief gently rather than making others wrong
- Believe that bumping elbows at the dinner table means possibly getting to know a stranger, and is not always a bad thing
- Pull a recyclable item out of the trash and put it into the recycle bin. If the person who mis-filed the recyclable is around, give them a big smile, or even a hug
* I’d also like to thank my parents for being open minded about it.