“Who died and made you king?”
This is a phrase we used to use in school as a retort towards any demonstration of leadership that we didn’t like. It had just enough edge to appeal to 15-year olds in a fiercely competitive high school.
‘Who died and made you king’- meaning on whose authority are you making this suggestion/starting this project?
Thinking about global challenges, systemic problems and game changers, this phrase keeps coming back to me- a reminder that we still operate from this assumption that some people come pre-approved/pre-authorized/pre-ordained to make a ‘big impact’.
Like the majority of people in the world are somehow not authorized to do that; the majority that’s made up of the intern at a multinational’s corporate HQ, the retiree from a public service career, the 30-something wondering about the world we are creating- people like you and me.
“I’m not qualified/influential/rich/w.h.a.t.e.v.e.r. enough to do this.”
THIS meaning any action inspired by the dream of a better world.
Nobody comes into the world pre-approved to make their dent in the universe. Nobody comes pre-authorized.
And the truth is, there is nothing called a BIG IMPACT in an instant. There is no mass produced universal memo that can change the world. Ultimately change is made one person at a time, one mind at a time.
And that we can all do something about.