You Can’t Change the World in a Day [Video]

Today, while driving across the fine state of Arizona and into Las Vegas, I was inspired to put together a makeshift video post ala Sam Davidson style (while driving). Note: It’s unedited, The sound sucks, the picture isn’t fantastic, but the message is powerful and is hopefully something all of you can connect with.

We are a generation hungry of change – we want to me a difference – we want to make the world a better place. But, these lofty goals won’t happen overnight, They take hard work, determination, and above all, patience. Don’t worry about changing the world, it’s impossible for one person to do it all. But what we can do is reach out and inspire change in those around us, set a spark that starts a fire, plant seeds and watch them grow, and take strides toward making this crazy world a better place, one day at a time.


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20 Responses
  • Eva Reply

    LOL so is this more or less safe than talking on your cell while driving?

    • Matt Reply

      I would say it’s safer, other than setting the camera to record, my eyes are on the road, and keep in mind, I was in the middle of NOWHERE in Arizona while shooting this. It wasn’t during rush hour in Los Angeles or anything totally crazy, should I have put a ‘don’t try this at home’ disclaimer on here?

      So, the question is, what did you think of the actual message here – aside from driving and blogging may not be the safest of activities? :)

  • Eva Reply

    LOL so is this more or less safe than talking on your cell while driving?

    • Matt Reply

      I would say it’s safer, other than setting the camera to record, my eyes are on the road, and keep in mind, I was in the middle of NOWHERE in Arizona while shooting this. It wasn’t during rush hour in Los Angeles or anything totally crazy, should I have put a ‘don’t try this at home’ disclaimer on here?

      So, the question is, what did you think of the actual message here – aside from driving and blogging may not be the safest of activities? :)

  • Mark Lewis Reply

    LOL, I wasn’t the only one badgering you about filming and driving!

    I think it helps and makes a big difference if you do set out to change the world, your world. Don’t think of the world as a concept of planet Earth, but rather the people you can touch. Even the most powerful and influential people in the world can’t reach everyone with their message. Focus on those around you and they just might spread your message.

    You can’t change the world in a day, but you can change yours. Everything starts from the actions of one.

    • Matt Reply

      OK, OK I wont make it a habit of driving and blogging. But after spending countless hours throughout the week driving all over the state of Arizona, 1. It gets boring 2. It gets you thinking – so the product is the above video.

      I really appreciate your logic and way of thinking here. We CAN change OUR world, what we do, how we live, the people we influence and impact. This is something that we, as individuals, have direct control over. If you plant a ‘seed’ of change, or better yet plant a lot of seeds, then all you have to do is sit back and watch it grow.

      Great insight Mark, really appreciate you ‘putting things into perspective’ – something you have been repetitively good at on your blog and here in the comments.

  • Mark Lewis Reply

    LOL, I wasn’t the only one badgering you about filming and driving!

    I think it helps and makes a big difference if you do set out to change the world, your world. Don’t think of the world as a concept of planet Earth, but rather the people you can touch. Even the most powerful and influential people in the world can’t reach everyone with their message. Focus on those around you and they just might spread your message.

    You can’t change the world in a day, but you can change yours. Everything starts from the actions of one.

    • Matt Reply

      OK, OK I wont make it a habit of driving and blogging. But after spending countless hours throughout the week driving all over the state of Arizona, 1. It gets boring 2. It gets you thinking – so the product is the above video.

      I really appreciate your logic and way of thinking here. We CAN change OUR world, what we do, how we live, the people we influence and impact. This is something that we, as individuals, have direct control over. If you plant a ‘seed’ of change, or better yet plant a lot of seeds, then all you have to do is sit back and watch it grow.

      Great insight Mark, really appreciate you ‘putting things into perspective’ – something you have been repetitively good at on your blog and here in the comments.

  • Marie Reply

    So I’m thinking there is something wrong with Nashville’s water because I just did an impromptu video while driving yesterday. But I was in traffic. Not a good idea.

    Anyways, I think we’ve been “immediately gratified” for so long and in so many ways that the concept that change takes time, and that it may be on a smaller scale than we’d imagined is disheartening. We hype change to be something so big and grand that we lose sight of the fact that it is the accumulation of small steps that makes a true difference.

    I was listening to NPR one afternoon and they were talking about some movie that was done on Che Guevara and how the film maker tried to show how normal he was. And how when you’re in the middle of making a huge change that impacts millions you really aren’t aware of it because to you you’re just doing a bunch of, relatively, small things. It isn’t until we’re farther removed from the situation or event or time period that we can truly appreciate the amount of change that occurred.

  • Marie Reply

    So I’m thinking there is something wrong with Nashville’s water because I just did an impromptu video while driving yesterday. But I was in traffic. Not a good idea.

    Anyways, I think we’ve been “immediately gratified” for so long and in so many ways that the concept that change takes time, and that it may be on a smaller scale than we’d imagined is disheartening. We hype change to be something so big and grand that we lose sight of the fact that it is the accumulation of small steps that makes a true difference.

    I was listening to NPR one afternoon and they were talking about some movie that was done on Che Guevara and how the film maker tried to show how normal he was. And how when you’re in the middle of making a huge change that impacts millions you really aren’t aware of it because to you you’re just doing a bunch of, relatively, small things. It isn’t until we’re farther removed from the situation or event or time period that we can truly appreciate the amount of change that occurred.

  • Matt Reply

    @Marie – Sometimes the open road can be an excellent source of inspiration – keep your eyes on the road though! I look forward to hopefully seeing your mobile-video-blog in the near future. Are you planning on publishing it?

    You make an outstanding point here that illustrates the idea that change MUST occur in small doses – one person will never make a huge impact all at once. But, through time, by taking baby steps, we can accomplish more than we realize we’re capable of. Every fire starts with a spark, and you and I, all of us, WE are those sparks that collectively can make a huge difference. It’s more important to think about how we can change our own lives, instead of how we can change the world.

  • Matt Reply

    @Marie – Sometimes the open road can be an excellent source of inspiration – keep your eyes on the road though! I look forward to hopefully seeing your mobile-video-blog in the near future. Are you planning on publishing it?

    You make an outstanding point here that illustrates the idea that change MUST occur in small doses – one person will never make a huge impact all at once. But, through time, by taking baby steps, we can accomplish more than we realize we’re capable of. Every fire starts with a spark, and you and I, all of us, WE are those sparks that collectively can make a huge difference. It’s more important to think about how we can change our own lives, instead of how we can change the world.

  • John Reply

    Hey Matt! Loved the video. You should take video in a variety of areas – you know, to spice things up a bit :)

    Anyway, I get what you’re saying about changing the world. One person can’t go at it alone without doubting themselves and thinking their efforts are all for nothing. To change the world we have to start small and built upon those efforts. Place action behind little goals and work towards the bigger ones. Connect with those who want to change the world as well. Set goals for each other and then place action behind those goals.

    My first steps in changing the world
    – start a blog.
    – start an online business
    – travel the world using funds from business
    – travel back to poor countries
    – built educational institutions with support from blogging buddies, and friends I’ve made from other countries
    – record the whole thing (text, video)

    *Sorry to post all my goals here. Just wanted to textualize my intentions.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No apologies necessary man – those are some great goals – many that I align with myself. I see this blog as one of my “first steps” toward being a “world changer”. A step that will lead to other opportunities in the future. As cliche’ as it sounds, this blog has been invaluable to establishing connections, building relationships, meeting new people after I moved to Chicago, etc. I owe a lot to the community here – which is why I continue to pour my ideas out not only in the posts themselves, but in the conversations that ensue below here in the comments.

      Keep doing what you do man, and I have no doubt you’ll get there. Thanks for sharing the insight and inspiration!

  • John Reply

    Hey Matt! Loved the video. You should take video in a variety of areas – you know, to spice things up a bit :)

    Anyway, I get what you’re saying about changing the world. One person can’t go at it alone without doubting themselves and thinking their efforts are all for nothing. To change the world we have to start small and built upon those efforts. Place action behind little goals and work towards the bigger ones. Connect with those who want to change the world as well. Set goals for each other and then place action behind those goals.

    My first steps in changing the world
    – start a blog.
    – start an online business
    – travel the world using funds from business
    – travel back to poor countries
    – built educational institutions with support from blogging buddies, and friends I’ve made from other countries
    – record the whole thing (text, video)

    *Sorry to post all my goals here. Just wanted to textualize my intentions.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No apologies necessary man – those are some great goals – many that I align with myself. I see this blog as one of my “first steps” toward being a “world changer”. A step that will lead to other opportunities in the future. As cliche’ as it sounds, this blog has been invaluable to establishing connections, building relationships, meeting new people after I moved to Chicago, etc. I owe a lot to the community here – which is why I continue to pour my ideas out not only in the posts themselves, but in the conversations that ensue below here in the comments.

      Keep doing what you do man, and I have no doubt you’ll get there. Thanks for sharing the insight and inspiration!

  • Karen Reply

    As an individual, I may not have the strength to change the world on my own. But I can contribute to the collective movement that is making a change. Even though I don’t know what my exact contribution will be just yet, as long as I put my energies into being a positive force in this world, then I will have helped change the world for the better.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      You can not only be a contributer, you can be a catalyst for change. You, by yourself, can impact a great number of people (this is something I preach often). If I write a blog post about changing the world and 1,000 people read it – I may not have had an impact on most of them, but if even one or two walked away with a newfound vision or perspective – and in turn they go do something themselves to better their community – haven’t I become a catalyst? That’s what it’s all about – putting things into perspective and realizing that one idea can be the spark that starts a fire.

  • Karen Reply

    As an individual, I may not have the strength to change the world on my own. But I can contribute to the collective movement that is making a change. Even though I don’t know what my exact contribution will be just yet, as long as I put my energies into being a positive force in this world, then I will have helped change the world for the better.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      You can not only be a contributer, you can be a catalyst for change. You, by yourself, can impact a great number of people (this is something I preach often). If I write a blog post about changing the world and 1,000 people read it – I may not have had an impact on most of them, but if even one or two walked away with a newfound vision or perspective – and in turn they go do something themselves to better their community – haven’t I become a catalyst? That’s what it’s all about – putting things into perspective and realizing that one idea can be the spark that starts a fire.

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