Kids Matter. We Can Help. Let’s Do It!
Remember when you were a kid and you thought anything was possible? You know, before all the well-intended grownups in your life taught you to be realistic?
Well, we at Switch and Shift think that “realists” are what pessimists call themselves to obscure their true identity, and pessimism means you’ve given up before you’ve even started.
Giving up is for losers.
If you’re reading this post, especially if you’re a regular subscriber and a member of our community, chances are you don’t buy into all that self-limiting garbage. Chances are you know there’s a better way, and (like us) you can’t believe your luck.
Because here at this site and our sister site, YouTern.com, you’ve found a whole community of optimistic, can-do rebel heretics who simply have no time for this limiting realism junk that so many others are trying to foist upon you.
You’re too busy already doing what the naysayers say can’t be done!
All of which brings me to a challenge: Angela’s kids need our help, and there’s no community on the Interwebs, or off, better positioned to act than Switch and Shift’s.
Will you lend a hand?
Many of you already know Angela Maiers. Two years ago, she gave an inspirational TEDx talk, “You Matter,” that has rocked the Web and changed kids lives ever since.
If you’ve had the pleasure of talking to this dynamo directly, you know quite well that her passion isn’t just a sometime thing. Angela is obsessed. And it’s the kind of obsessed that moves mountains, transforms lives, and changes the world.
Angela’s central, driving idea is to get to kids before the realists ruin them; to encourage them to make a difference, to dare to dream*, and to launch a project of their choosing with that dream.
She created Choose2Matter specifically to give those kids a platform to share their projects and to tap into support from the adults who never bought the self-limiting junk the realists around us always try to sell.
So here’s the challenge: Angela’s kids are onto something amazing. But their Indiegogo campaign has stalled – to date, it hasn’t raised the funds that it deserves.
Please, check out both Choose2Matter and Angela’s project on Indiegogo.
Donate if you can – even a few bucks, together with a few more from a whole lot more of us, can change lives. And please, share with your network, letting them know that you’ve given, and you’d appreciate if they did as well.
We at Switch and Shift have decided not just to give as individuals, but also to adopt Choose2Matter.org as our own cause of choice. You’ll be hearing a whole lot more about that soon.
If we can get kids while they’re still young enough to believe that they do matter, and help them get where their dreams of a better world take them… if we can keep our interns and young careerists similarly encouraged… and sustain that foolish optimism through their ascent in leadership of companies big and small… well, maybe we can change the world after all.
And then who will the real realists be? Will they be the pessimists? Or we, optimists?
Let’s give Angela’s kids – our kids – the support they need!
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*Hat Tip to Whitney Johnson, author of Dare, Dream, Do and another incredibly inspirational woman.
Art by: Aquasixio