I recently watched a Ted talk by Natalie Warne on being young and making an impact. The Ted talk got me inspired as Warne spoke of the strength and determination needed to achieve your goals. That the passion we have and using that passion to do what we desire makes up a greater impact.
I had always believed that to achieve you must have great moments because they are the things that count most but that changed the moment Warne talked about the idea of the sum making up the parts.
We have bigger goals that we have set and want to achieve, don’t let the grandiose moments blind you into forgetting the more major goal you aimed for. Warne called these moments the Oprah moments as titled after her Oprah moment. Warne justified this idea by saying it’s the Oprah moments that remind you can achieve and have done great but the little meticulous mundane tasks we are faced with are the challenging parts that require us to be our greatest.
One of my favourite statements she made was that we should not let the Oprah moments fuel us but let what you believe in and our truest desires that make doing what we want worthwhile.
Don’t be defined by the Oprah moments or by other people within your school but let yourself identify who you are and know that it’s the little moments in which you do the ordinary that makes you extraordinary.
She introduced this term I was so unfamiliar with the “anonymous extraordinaire” these are the people who give up their time and lives to do something they feel speaks to them and to make a change.
The anonymous extraordinaire are the people who fuel a movement whose work may not be praised but make up the bigger parts of the picture.
Her inspiring talk got me to realize that being involved in a movement doesn’t mean you have to take centre stage but in fact, it’s the little parts that you put in that inspires other into getting involved. There are so many anonymous extraordinaire people out there in the world and maybe your one of them reading this, and in some way, I hope you see what I found inspiring about this new term.
The name made it so that every person unknown or known is considered for their great worth. Warne talked about the loss of her identity until realizing that she had it and nobody could create a character for her. Being forced to choose a cultural group to have to settle into and dealing with bullying, she moved away from these conflicting ideas that people had thrown in her direction to do something that spoke to her.
Often we get shaped into people we can’t relate to by society and the environment we are in. This misshaping turns us often into something we are not, leaving us feeling misplaced and unworthy at times. A lot of the time we are told to lose what makes us who we are to not rock the boat.
If the boat had never been rocked a lot of movements would have never started just as Warne began to ask questions after watching the invisible children and realizing her passion and did something about the social injustices she saw, makes it clear that rocking the boat is something we need to do.
We may not all have the capacity to stand out in front of a crowd and rally them up, but we are all worthwhile beings, and when the passions we have inside us are driven towards change or idea that is meaningful to us we can make a change that makes an impact.
The biggest takeaway I found in this Ted talk was being yourself is the best thing you could be in a society that needs anonymous extraordinaire to make a change and to do what they believe in.
That every person is worthwhile and extraordinary, capable of doing anything when they have a passion towards an idea or movement.
Natalie Warne- Being young and making an impact