How To Change The World
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary.
Posted by Ryan Neal
How To Change The World
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal

Story time...

Last Wednesday after I finished editing Best Of 2009 article I scheduled it to post on Friday, Jan 1, 2010.

I wanted to get back into my "regular" schedule of Friday Updates and I thought a recap of 2009 would make a good post to kick off 2010.

Then I got to thinking:

"What can I do that I would consider Ridiculously Extraordinary instead of just Ordinary?"

I had a lot of fun working on the Best Of post, but I'll be the first to admit it's not "special."

So then I thought...

"What can I do to help kickstart 2010 for you?"

"Even more than that, what can I do instead of a 'How To Keep Resolutions' type of post?"

I didn't have the answer yet. What I did first was reschedule the Best Of post to Thursday, Dec 31.

That gave me the mental shift...

"Oh shit! OK, now I really do need to come up with something good for Jan 1. I can't wait until my regular posting day of Tuesday...that's January 5! Too long to wait."

Yes, that is exactly how my brain worked. I asked it to repeat to me what I thought last week. Huh? Moving along... ;) (Seriously, do not reread that sentence, it's confusing even me.)

Then, I did what I always do: I started free writing. Because, if I can be honest, I had no idea what I was going to post on Jan 1 yet.

I just knew it would come out, somehow, some way.

And then!

I checked my Google Reader.

I'm not sure why. Usually if I'm in the middle of a fit of writing I don't stop to do something else.

The first article in my reader was called "What If You Never Graduate?" by Scott H Young. (You can see I commented on Scott's article at 10:31PM Dec 30 by clicking here.)

And that cemented it. I basically stole his concept, changed the questions, and wrote the article "What If You're Running Out Of Time?".

In the comments section of that article Mike Long provided you with a detailed process that can change your life if you follow it.

I want to thank Mike for posting that.

That is what the Ridiculously Extraordinary Community is about. I don't have all the answers. I don't even have a lot of the answers. But all of us together? We can make anything happen.

What I've learned:

- Pushing ourselves to achieve perfection produces extraordinary results even though perfection is unattainable.

- Sometimes interruption can be inspiration. Sometimes.

- The Community is where real change takes place.

The Community is why I started this site. With your help, I'm building a Ridiculously Extraordinary Community, one step at a time.

Together, we will not only change our own worlds, we will change the whole world.

Thank you for that.


Speaking of Community: I'm in Washington DC as of this afternoon until Friday afternoon. Lunch on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday? Let me know... (352) 577-0173 (leave a message if no answer) or KarolGajda AT or @KarolGajda.