Have you ever wondered about all the problems in the world and realised one person couldn’t make a difference? Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave for the past decade, you’ve probably had similar thoughts recently.
It makes sense. There’s mass poverty. Many countries lack basic rights, education and hygiene. Climate is changing faster than we thought. And unethical industries -- such as fossil fuel companies, military contractors and gun manufacturers -- have taken control of some governmental decisions, getting huge subsidies. Which makes so many of us wonder, what can I do?
Well, history is full of individuals who did not accept the world for what it was. It seems so challenging, with so many areas that could be improved. So when I think of the world’s problems I am reminded of this story (not sure where it came from) about an old man. It goes something like this.
An old man sits on a rock and gathers a young, attentive audience who are eager to hear him talk about his adventures. He says, today there won’t be a story, only a lesson.His young audience groans, as that is not what they were expecting. He continues. After all my years of traveling, I found out there are only two types of people in the world: Those who adapt within, and those who adapt without... "
This caused a few moments of quiet in his audience. What did those words mean?
After what seemed like an eternity, he went on. Those who adapt within accept the world for what it is. They see things, and believe that is the way it’s always been. Life is usually easier for these types, as they don’t feel they need to change anything. They also tend to lead less interesting lives. The second type does not accept the world for what it is. They experience things, good and bad, and believe there should be more good things. These types yearn to change the environment they live in, which in turn changes the world.
The old man concluded that every person in the world has the ability to be either one of these types, and it’s up to us to decide what kind of person we’ll be. Do we lead an easy and predictable life, or a challenging, but ultimately more satisfying one. The choice is up to us”.
I like this story. I want to lead an interesting and more challenging life. And I agree that every one of us can do it. Entrepreneur Resorts have always had a higher purpose than ourselves at heart, and truly, once we live in flow, the wealth and success we create ends up helping those around us straight away. Particularly with so many things, both good and bad, happening in the world right now.
So, we wanted to create something special, which really drove home how much we care about bettering the world around us. Which is why this September we’re running a business accelerator with a higher purpose. We call it an Eco iLAB, or iLAB for Eco Entrepreneurs, and it will be focused in helping entrepreneurs who want to make a positive difference in the world.
We see a bright future for ethical and environmental entrepreneurship, and we would love for you to be at the forefront of this historic moment, where any of us can have a real impact in the world. You can find the details here -http://ilabimpactaward.com/eco/, where we’re running a competition for the next 48 hours (until Thursday, 17th August) to award people with a strong vision to create a better place for us all.
Let’s make an impact together and try to improve all the things we believe could be, even if just a little bit. In the end, this will give way to a world we all want to live in, filled with the vision, changes and bold ideas of every entrepreneur who thought things could be a little bit better, not just for ourselves, but for the beautiful world we live in.