Start Changing the World. Today

Do you remember when you were a kid and you thought you could do anything? A time when nothing seemed impossible and everything was within your reach?

That time is right now. We live in a place where one individual can make a difference, where nothing is impossible, and when it’s never too late to start living a dream.

Our country was built on the foundation of individuals who didn’t have money or a plan – all they had was the desire to go above and beyond, to do something that hadn’t been done, to stop thinking and start doing. The United States of America was discovered by entrepreneurs, individuals who sought to change their lives and in turn, changed the world as we know it.

Entrepreneurs change the way we think about what is possible. They maintain a clear vision of how life can be better for all of us, even through the darkest of times. They understand that obstacles, turbulence, and even failure leads to opportunities for success and achievement. They shake things up, bring chaos to the established order, and push us to discover new ways of doing things

The risks may be great, but the rewards – changing peoples lives, creating jobs, fueling growth, and making a better world – are that much greater.

Entrepreneurs are everywhere. Within each of us is a desire to do something great. We all want to leave a lasting impression, establish a legacy, and have a significant impact on others’ lives. But for whatever reason, we allow our doubt, confusion, and fear hold us back. Maybe today is the day you start doing something you’ve always wanted. It’s not all about launching a business.

Let today be the day you start that project you’ve been putting off.

Write the blog post you’ve been worrying that everyone will think is stupid.

Say hello to the girl across the street who you’ve been dying to talk to.

Quit your job and move to the city you’ve always dreamed of living in.

Or better yet, start your own business and move to Europe!

Step outside your comfort zone – stop waiting, stop thinking, and start doing.

Because in the end, that’s the only way things will start happening.

Remember when you were a kid. When everything was within your reach. And then say to yourself quietly, but with determination: IT STILL IS!


66 Responses
  • Mark Hayes Reply

    Good blog again Matt, well put, you are preaching to the choir!!! Plough on!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Mark. I think often we forget that there are innovators, entrepreneurs, and difference makers all around us – and that it’s inside each of us to carry out our dreams and passions. A little reminder every once in a while never hurts, right?

  • Mark Hayes Reply

    Good blog again Matt, well put, you are preaching to the choir!!! Plough on!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Mark. I think often we forget that there are innovators, entrepreneurs, and difference makers all around us – and that it’s inside each of us to carry out our dreams and passions. A little reminder every once in a while never hurts, right?

  • Kerri Reply

    So true! Kind of reminds me of one of my favorite lines, from one of my favorite (albeit, slightly corny) movies, Under the Tuscan Sun: “Never lose your childlike wonder.”

    We all should be looking at and approaching life with that same wonder. It’s terribly ironic that it’s when we’re kids that we’re not yet jaded; that everything seems so in reach and utterly possible, despite the odds or the candid (and unwelcome) retorts of “Get real – that’s so unrealistic!”; that yes, I can be a rocket scientist and have 12 kids and live in Hawaii and eat ice cream for dinner every night.

    We need to think more like children – be a lot more quizzical, more positive, and adopt that same I-can-do-anything attitude that we had, pre-puberty. It’s ironic that we become jaded just as we become independent…financially, emotionally, physically, geographically, intellectually, etc. Why do we question ourselves when WE are the ones who are in control of our lives, when we are finally in the position to do whatever it is we’d like to do? Why is it that as we become adults, we doubt ourselves so much, and we fear so much?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Good questions Kerry – Questions I wish I had the answers too. I agree with everything you say here – that if we could all just “get back to our roots” a bit and not take ourselves so seriously, started enjoying and living life more than just working through it, that the world would be a much better place.

      We may never be able to reclaim that basic innocence that we all possess as children – We have a knack for ruining that for one another as humans – but being reminded that anything we want to happen CAN happen is all-too-important in life. Great summary Kerry – thanks for sharing!

  • Kerri Reply

    So true! Kind of reminds me of one of my favorite lines, from one of my favorite (albeit, slightly corny) movies, Under the Tuscan Sun: “Never lose your childlike wonder.”

    We all should be looking at and approaching life with that same wonder. It’s terribly ironic that it’s when we’re kids that we’re not yet jaded; that everything seems so in reach and utterly possible, despite the odds or the candid (and unwelcome) retorts of “Get real – that’s so unrealistic!”; that yes, I can be a rocket scientist and have 12 kids and live in Hawaii and eat ice cream for dinner every night.

    We need to think more like children – be a lot more quizzical, more positive, and adopt that same I-can-do-anything attitude that we had, pre-puberty. It’s ironic that we become jaded just as we become independent…financially, emotionally, physically, geographically, intellectually, etc. Why do we question ourselves when WE are the ones who are in control of our lives, when we are finally in the position to do whatever it is we’d like to do? Why is it that as we become adults, we doubt ourselves so much, and we fear so much?

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Good questions Kerry – Questions I wish I had the answers too. I agree with everything you say here – that if we could all just “get back to our roots” a bit and not take ourselves so seriously, started enjoying and living life more than just working through it, that the world would be a much better place.

      We may never be able to reclaim that basic innocence that we all possess as children – We have a knack for ruining that for one another as humans – but being reminded that anything we want to happen CAN happen is all-too-important in life. Great summary Kerry – thanks for sharing!

  • Ryan Stephens Reply

    Nice timing on this Matt as I actually just took the leap on something I’ve been thinking about doing for quite some time now. I’m excited to see all the projects people are working on. Our community is slowly starting to the acquire some momentum, we’re slowly gaining leverage. Jenny B got a promotion, Jamie’s in Rome, Jackie launched a new blog, You and Mon are rocking the podcast, Stuart’s big announcement is right around the corner. It’s fun to witness.

    We have to catch up soon!

    R

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Congratulations on getting the consulting business back up and running Ryan. I love what you are doing in donating a % of the profits to a charity. Serving that “added bottom line” is something that I’ve always been passionate about in business.

      There is a LOT going on within our community and as you said, it’s exciting to witness everything that is going on around us. We are clearly the future movers and shakers of the (online) world!

  • Ryan Stephens Reply

    Nice timing on this Matt as I actually just took the leap on something I’ve been thinking about doing for quite some time now. I’m excited to see all the projects people are working on. Our community is slowly starting to the acquire some momentum, we’re slowly gaining leverage. Jenny B got a promotion, Jamie’s in Rome, Jackie launched a new blog, You and Mon are rocking the podcast, Stuart’s big announcement is right around the corner. It’s fun to witness.

    We have to catch up soon!

    R

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Congratulations on getting the consulting business back up and running Ryan. I love what you are doing in donating a % of the profits to a charity. Serving that “added bottom line” is something that I’ve always been passionate about in business.

      There is a LOT going on within our community and as you said, it’s exciting to witness everything that is going on around us. We are clearly the future movers and shakers of the (online) world!

  • Stephen Reply

    Matt, great post! I stopped by your friend’s blog who’s over in Europe… amazing! I sent her an @reply on the Twitterwebs to tell her how much I think she rocks… and I don’t even know her!

    Keep up the great work!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Stephen! Jamie is doing some great things – packing up and moving to the other side of the world. If that’s not guts, I don’t know what is! Keep an eye on her – she doesn’t disappoint when it comes to innovation!

  • Stephen Reply

    Matt, great post! I stopped by your friend’s blog who’s over in Europe… amazing! I sent her an @reply on the Twitterwebs to tell her how much I think she rocks… and I don’t even know her!

    Keep up the great work!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Stephen! Jamie is doing some great things – packing up and moving to the other side of the world. If that’s not guts, I don’t know what is! Keep an eye on her – she doesn’t disappoint when it comes to innovation!

  • Megan Ogulnick Reply

    Another inspiring post Matt :) And another great video I could watch over and over! Ryan is right. You couldn’t have written this at a better time. GenY has always known that nothing is impossible, but now they’re finally acting upon it. It’s incredible to sit back and watch all of the amazing things people are doing. Just like your post, their actions are inspiring..It makes you wake up and think “How will I start changing the world today?”

    Can’t wait to see the incredible things GenY has yet to do. Watch out world :)

    Megan

  • Megan Ogulnick Reply

    Another inspiring post Matt :) And another great video I could watch over and over! Ryan is right. You couldn’t have written this at a better time. GenY has always known that nothing is impossible, but now they’re finally acting upon it. It’s incredible to sit back and watch all of the amazing things people are doing. Just like your post, their actions are inspiring..It makes you wake up and think “How will I start changing the world today?”

    Can’t wait to see the incredible things GenY has yet to do. Watch out world :)

    Megan

  • Kevin Asuncion Reply

    One thing that I think that is missing from the Gen Y discussion is how our generation can make a big difference in this world. This post is edifying for me to see, as it shows that people instead look at opportunities presented as not just ways to maximize one’s personal wealth but as ways to reduce others poverty. The great thing about Gen Y is their willingness to learn and understand, it is this willingness that I see in my peers that will allow us to be a generation full of changemakers, full of people who will radicalize our value systems, not just reform our norms. I think your post speaks to a great point about never letting go of what you’ve always wanted to do and be. As the great english novelist George Eliot once said “It’s never to late to what you have been.” So act now, it’s never too late, the world will change without you, and we must be part of that change. Keep up the great work Matt!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      “…it shows that people instead look at opportunities presented as not just ways to maximize one’s personal wealth but as ways to reduce others poverty.”

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. Our generation is hungry of knowledge and is active about bettering not only oneself, but our surrounding community. Well said Kevin, well said.

  • Kevin Asuncion Reply

    One thing that I think that is missing from the Gen Y discussion is how our generation can make a big difference in this world. This post is edifying for me to see, as it shows that people instead look at opportunities presented as not just ways to maximize one’s personal wealth but as ways to reduce others poverty. The great thing about Gen Y is their willingness to learn and understand, it is this willingness that I see in my peers that will allow us to be a generation full of changemakers, full of people who will radicalize our value systems, not just reform our norms. I think your post speaks to a great point about never letting go of what you’ve always wanted to do and be. As the great english novelist George Eliot once said “It’s never to late to what you have been.” So act now, it’s never too late, the world will change without you, and we must be part of that change. Keep up the great work Matt!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      “…it shows that people instead look at opportunities presented as not just ways to maximize one’s personal wealth but as ways to reduce others poverty.”

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. Our generation is hungry of knowledge and is active about bettering not only oneself, but our surrounding community. Well said Kevin, well said.

  • Patrick Ambron Reply

    i’ve been paying attention to this community for a while and I see good things to come.

    For young people who take this path–who turn down safe opportunities to forge their own road, start their own business or dictate their own lives– they are in constant battle between uncertainty and failure. Encouragement rarely comes from their immediate support networks becasue most of their friends are taking the safe route, and advise you to do the same.

    It is encouraging to see other inspired young people making a name for themselves. People who understand this is a time of opportunity, but opportunity does not come without a degree of risk.

    Keep up the good work

    Patrick
    brand-yourself

    • robert Reply

      I agree. I know a many of my high school buddies, friends and what not are definitely taking the safe path. They also think thatI am crazy. It’s nice to see this community taking the same great leaps that I have

      • Matt Cheuvront Reply

        Sometimes the only way to really get anything done is to trust your judgment and take some giant leaps of faith. We put so much focus on the baby steps – but sometimes, to get where we need to be, we have to speed things up and push ourselves to move that much faster.

  • Patrick Ambron Reply

    i’ve been paying attention to this community for a while and I see good things to come.

    For young people who take this path–who turn down safe opportunities to forge their own road, start their own business or dictate their own lives– they are in constant battle between uncertainty and failure. Encouragement rarely comes from their immediate support networks becasue most of their friends are taking the safe route, and advise you to do the same.

    It is encouraging to see other inspired young people making a name for themselves. People who understand this is a time of opportunity, but opportunity does not come without a degree of risk.

    Keep up the good work

    Patrick
    brand-yourself

    • robert Reply

      I agree. I know a many of my high school buddies, friends and what not are definitely taking the safe path. They also think thatI am crazy. It’s nice to see this community taking the same great leaps that I have

      • Matt Cheuvront Reply

        Sometimes the only way to really get anything done is to trust your judgment and take some giant leaps of faith. We put so much focus on the baby steps – but sometimes, to get where we need to be, we have to speed things up and push ourselves to move that much faster.

  • Baker Reply

    Man, do I LOVE that video.

    This post was just the shot of adrenaline I needed today! It reminds me to stay focus and the all the hard work is worth it.

    Keep inspiring, man!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Adam. You are, of course, someone I would throw into that “innovative” category – leading by example of what it’s like to take life by the horns. To you I say, “Keep doing what you do” – People are watching, and following in your footsteps. Your advice on personal finance and life in general is top-notch! Cheers!

  • Baker Reply

    Man, do I LOVE that video.

    This post was just the shot of adrenaline I needed today! It reminds me to stay focus and the all the hard work is worth it.

    Keep inspiring, man!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks Adam. You are, of course, someone I would throw into that “innovative” category – leading by example of what it’s like to take life by the horns. To you I say, “Keep doing what you do” – People are watching, and following in your footsteps. Your advice on personal finance and life in general is top-notch! Cheers!

  • robert Reply

    Great post. I especially love this part:”Our country was built on the foundation of individuals who didn’t have money or a plan – all they had was the desire to go above and beyond, to do something that hadn’t been done, to stop thinking and start doing.”

    there goes that principle once again. Sounds like a page right out of Think and Grow Rich. Just plain desire! It’s the starting point of all achievement. Or is it discomfort?No I still think it’s desire, and keeping your eyes on that vision no matter what you’re going through. No money or a plan, but a burning desire.

  • robert Reply

    Great post. I especially love this part:”Our country was built on the foundation of individuals who didn’t have money or a plan – all they had was the desire to go above and beyond, to do something that hadn’t been done, to stop thinking and start doing.”

    there goes that principle once again. Sounds like a page right out of Think and Grow Rich. Just plain desire! It’s the starting point of all achievement. Or is it discomfort?No I still think it’s desire, and keeping your eyes on that vision no matter what you’re going through. No money or a plan, but a burning desire.

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    What’s even more important is that we spread our knowledge, spread our yearning, and show others (even if they’re – gasp! – not Gen Y!) that THEY too can make a difference. They too change their world, our world, the world.

    And then let’s have some smores :)

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    What’s even more important is that we spread our knowledge, spread our yearning, and show others (even if they’re – gasp! – not Gen Y!) that THEY too can make a difference. They too change their world, our world, the world.

    And then let’s have some smores :)

  • Nate Reply

    That video is incredible! Thanks for sharing that.

    It really does come down to action, like you said. When I’m sitting around procrastinating and being bum, I say one word to myself outloud… ACTION.

    It get’s me moving, and doing something constructive.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      One thing we (as a generation, as bloggers, as young adults) excel at is motivating one another to act on our ideas. Call it whatever you will – I consider it healthy competition – we’re constantly pushing each other to redefine our “best” every single day.

  • Nate Reply

    That video is incredible! Thanks for sharing that.

    It really does come down to action, like you said. When I’m sitting around procrastinating and being bum, I say one word to myself outloud… ACTION.

    It get’s me moving, and doing something constructive.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      One thing we (as a generation, as bloggers, as young adults) excel at is motivating one another to act on our ideas. Call it whatever you will – I consider it healthy competition – we’re constantly pushing each other to redefine our “best” every single day.

  • floreta Reply

    great article. my one gripe is you fail to mention in the entreprenuership of american settlers, the ‘dark’ history of stealing native american land and displacing groups of people. ah well, all in the name of manifest destiny! should this desire be reached at the expense of others? just some food for thought.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I’m sure you know it was not my intention at all to offend here Floreta. You bring up a very interesting point. Throughout history (not only in the foundation of America – but in the evolution of man) our desires and potential have been established at the expense of other people. This has been true since the beginning of time. Do you think this is all natural in the evolutionary process? Would we be where we are today if not for benefiting ourselves at the expense of others? Something to think about…

      • Karen Reply

        What many around the world are FINALLY realizing is that we do not have to fight for resources. We have to stop thinking that one person’s success is another person’s failure.

        There’s enough room in this world for all of our brilliance to shine. We simply have to appreciate each other and work together, sharing resources. By doing so, we ALL benefit. We do not have to succeed at the expense of others. This is a very primal, old-aged and worn way of thought that unfortunately seems to continue to pervade people’s competitive nature. Me to We is at work, but there’s still a long way to go.

        Something else to think about: not only is “shaudenfreude” harmful, but it’s counter-intuitive. If we succeed at the expense of others, there goes potential supporters for our cause. But if we succeed WITH others, there we have it: all-round support for our dreams and goals. Exponential growth, instead of dividing our humanity.

        • Matt Cheuvront Reply

          This is SO well said Karen – but something that we are quick to forget and neglect. Healthy competition has it’s place – but instead of focusing on taking each other down, we should focus on challenging one another to be more and try harder. Collaboration instead of competition – seems simple enough, right?

          (Will be elaborating more on this in a soon-to-come post – thanks for the inspiration Karen!)

  • floreta Reply

    great article. my one gripe is you fail to mention in the entreprenuership of american settlers, the ‘dark’ history of stealing native american land and displacing groups of people. ah well, all in the name of manifest destiny! should this desire be reached at the expense of others? just some food for thought.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I’m sure you know it was not my intention at all to offend here Floreta. You bring up a very interesting point. Throughout history (not only in the foundation of America – but in the evolution of man) our desires and potential have been established at the expense of other people. This has been true since the beginning of time. Do you think this is all natural in the evolutionary process? Would we be where we are today if not for benefiting ourselves at the expense of others? Something to think about…

      • Karen Reply

        What many around the world are FINALLY realizing is that we do not have to fight for resources. We have to stop thinking that one person’s success is another person’s failure.

        There’s enough room in this world for all of our brilliance to shine. We simply have to appreciate each other and work together, sharing resources. By doing so, we ALL benefit. We do not have to succeed at the expense of others. This is a very primal, old-aged and worn way of thought that unfortunately seems to continue to pervade people’s competitive nature. Me to We is at work, but there’s still a long way to go.

        Something else to think about: not only is “shaudenfreude” harmful, but it’s counter-intuitive. If we succeed at the expense of others, there goes potential supporters for our cause. But if we succeed WITH others, there we have it: all-round support for our dreams and goals. Exponential growth, instead of dividing our humanity.

        • Matt Cheuvront Reply

          This is SO well said Karen – but something that we are quick to forget and neglect. Healthy competition has it’s place – but instead of focusing on taking each other down, we should focus on challenging one another to be more and try harder. Collaboration instead of competition – seems simple enough, right?

          (Will be elaborating more on this in a soon-to-come post – thanks for the inspiration Karen!)

  • Anita Lobo Reply

    Hi Matt
    Great post and loved the video!
    This is a time when people across the world are reaching out for meaning.
    Read the other day [wish I could remember where!] this is:

    “Generation M – the movement of people, doing meaningful stuff that matters the most”

    Interestingly this group isn’t defined by age or money, but by intention – the search for meaning, and living a life that matters.

    Thanks for reaching out with this message – yes, those ripples go out further than we know.

    Cheers,

    Anita Lobo

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      “Movement of people doing meaningful stuff that masters the most” – Generation M – I love it Anita, and I agree. We are labeled based on our age by most, but the power of Generation Y/Generation M is in the intent to make the world around us a better place – always searching for the meaning behind everything we do – with a desire to, in turn, do meaningful things for our surrounding community.

  • Anita Lobo Reply

    Hi Matt
    Great post and loved the video!
    This is a time when people across the world are reaching out for meaning.
    Read the other day [wish I could remember where!] this is:

    “Generation M – the movement of people, doing meaningful stuff that matters the most”

    Interestingly this group isn’t defined by age or money, but by intention – the search for meaning, and living a life that matters.

    Thanks for reaching out with this message – yes, those ripples go out further than we know.

    Cheers,

    Anita Lobo

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      “Movement of people doing meaningful stuff that masters the most” – Generation M – I love it Anita, and I agree. We are labeled based on our age by most, but the power of Generation Y/Generation M is in the intent to make the world around us a better place – always searching for the meaning behind everything we do – with a desire to, in turn, do meaningful things for our surrounding community.

  • Lindsey Reply

    Inspiring as always Matt! Love the new look of the site!!

    Who designs your twitter/facebook buttons?

  • Lindsey Reply

    Inspiring as always Matt! Love the new look of the site!!

    Who designs your twitter/facebook buttons?

  • Tony Ruiz Reply

    I love this video. Very inspiring with a spin of Matt Chevy ;)

  • Tony Ruiz Reply

    I love this video. Very inspiring with a spin of Matt Chevy ;)

  • Office Humorist Reply

    Great post. The key is the word “now.” There’s always going to be reasons to not do something, just find the reason to do it.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      There are always a million reasons to not do something, but all you have to do is find that one thing you’re passionate about. It’s all about identifying what you truly want and then working your butt off to make it happen!

  • Office Humorist Reply

    Great post. The key is the word “now.” There’s always going to be reasons to not do something, just find the reason to do it.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      There are always a million reasons to not do something, but all you have to do is find that one thing you’re passionate about. It’s all about identifying what you truly want and then working your butt off to make it happen!

  • Susan Reply

    Aw! I really like this post… my parents came here from Poland with nothing- they didn’t start businesses, but they worked hard and have built a life beyond what they ever dreamed.

    Sometimes when I get excited about starting my own business, I forget that it takes a lot of HARD work and obstacles WILL happen. BUT it IS in REACH!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Spot on Susan – whether you’re launching your own business or working your way up the corporate ladder – both require patience and perseverance. There is no EASY path to success even though we’re all constantly searching for the quickest and simplest path towards professional enlightenment. Thanks for the comment!

  • Susan Reply

    Aw! I really like this post… my parents came here from Poland with nothing- they didn’t start businesses, but they worked hard and have built a life beyond what they ever dreamed.

    Sometimes when I get excited about starting my own business, I forget that it takes a lot of HARD work and obstacles WILL happen. BUT it IS in REACH!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Spot on Susan – whether you’re launching your own business or working your way up the corporate ladder – both require patience and perseverance. There is no EASY path to success even though we’re all constantly searching for the quickest and simplest path towards professional enlightenment. Thanks for the comment!

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