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Many young adults are motivated to change the world; this recent graduate came to a revelation of profound practicality, start with the people within your sphere of influence.

"Somewhere in this thought process a switch flipped and a new realization crashed hard: If I ever hoped to change the world I would have to start with the people around me, and if I’m not actively pursuing my goals how can I ever improve enough to reach them?

"I had been starting from the wrong place altogether. In the desire to change the world, I had held two dangerously selfish and foolish ideas. I had forgotten that the world is made up of individuals, each one worth reaching out to for their own sake. And being afraid of failure, I had ceased to act.

"But it is better to try, fail, improve, and try again than to fear failure and do nothing."--Emily Carde, Humane Pursuits

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