Sometimes trying to make a difference in the world could be daunting, which is why I particularly like this quote by Charles Whelan. Just making the conscious decision to be the best person you can be is already huge progress and a huge step towards making your surroundings and the people in them better.
I know that I’m supposed to tell you to aspire to great things. But I’m going to lower the bar here: Just don’t use your prodigious talents to mess things up. Too many smart people are doing that already. And if you really want to cause social mayhem, it helps to have an Ivy League degree. You are smart and motivated and creative. Everyone will tell you that you can change the world. They are right, but remember that “changing the world” also can include things like skirting financial regulations and selling unhealthy foods to increasingly obese children. I am not asking you to cure cancer. I am just asking you not to spread it.