Welcome Mr. or Ms. Awesome, nice to see you here at Bright Little Socks!

My aim with this blog is to help you live. Like truly live. I believe in doing so, we can change the world.

Imagine what it would feel like to wake up excited in the morning, happy about the things that lie ahead of you. If we all got to spend more happy days instead of slouchy “I hate my life so I’ll eat ice cream all day and watch crap on TV”-days that would make the world a more fun and healthy place, don’t you think?

We’d also be free to do meaningful things, things that are not solely based around our own wants and needs and meant to help others instead. We could each pick our own meaningful work and actually have the time and energy to go after it.

There’s a whole lot of meaningful things you could be donating your time towards, like donating your birthday to Charity:Water, helping others create extraordinary lives or dying yarn for worldpeace. The possibilities are endless.

To give you an idea of what meaningful work you could do if you wanted to I decided to showcase some of my dearest idols and inspirations that, in my humble opinion, are changing the world.

I asked each of them:

Do you think we as individuals have the power to change the world?

If yes, how are you changing it? 

So sit back and take some time to soak up the inspiration that’s beaming around these cool socks.


Scott Dinsmore – founder of Live Your Legend

Scott Dinsmore is my hero. He’s the founder of Live Your Legend and is passionate about helping people do work they love. If you’re stuck in a cubicle or don’t know what’s your passion career, he’s your man. He offers a course to help you do work you love plus a free passion career toolkit if you’re just starting out.

Hell yes! In fact the only way the world has ever changed is through passionate, driven, dedicated people who can’t help themselves. Anyone can be that person. They just have to find a cause that means enough to them. Once that happens, anything is possible.

As for me and our work at Live Your Legend, the current statistic is that 80% of people don’t enjoy the work they do. This is a tragedy. We live in a world that encourages and reinforces complacency. Our goal is to turn that statistic on its head. Imagine if the majority of the world did work that made them come alive? How much better would we treat each other? How much more joy and innovation would there be? Everything would start to change. One by one, that’s what we’re looking to do.


Jacob Sokol – Sensophy

Jacob Sokol is freakin’ awesome. He helps people create extraordinary lives at Sensophy, he’s a philosopher and hip hop gangster. Trust me, the combination is powerful! He’s serious about helping you build the life of your dreams while living on purpose

Yup, we can change the world, BUT, not until we change ourselves. Gandhi once told me to be the change I want to see in the world, and I believe that dude may know a thing or two. If we want to create extraordinary lives with deep purpose, we need to become extraordinary people who have cultivated our capacity to serve.

Often times we think we want to change the world, but we haven’t become self-aware enough to realize it’s really US who we want to change. The journey which we need to take is *inside*, not outside! That because, our outer-world is a direct reflection of our inner-world. If we want to change the world, we’ve gotta change ourselves!

By focusing on changing myself, I’ve given people a taste of what’s possible with their own life. And, now I offer the guidance, tools, and support for them to be the change they wanna see (and inspire their communities). The question begs to be asked: What change do YOU wanna see in YOUR life? And how can you be it?!

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” -Rumi


Therese Schwenkler - The Unlost

Therese is a girl on a mission! She blogs at The Unlost where she helps young adults  find their way, embrace uncertainty and become their truest, most amazeballs self in the process. Her writing style is hilarious and her wisdom rocks. 

Do you think we as individuals have the power to change the world?

YES, and whether we realize it or not, we are all already changing the world every day– every single one of us. In every single moment, with every single action we take (or fail to take), we’re all putting our stamps on the world. The only question is this: What is your stamp? When you’re an old wrinkly person looking back on your life, will you like what you see?

If yes, how are you changing it?

I’m changing it simply by being me– by living out my truth every day in the best way I know how.

We tend to think of “changing the world” as being some bold initiative, as if we have to quit our jobs and go deworm orphans in Somalia in order to make a difference.

But really, changing the world doesn’t have to be something big and bold. We can find meaning and purpose in the smallest acts and in each moment of our day. Changing the world is something we can do right now, right here, right where we are today. We can treat everyone we meet with kindess and consideration and presence, and in doing so we are changing the world. We can make one person’s day better and in doing so we are changing the world. Whenever we act from a place of love and truth and whenever we’re living as our truest selves, we are changing the world.

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa


Liz Seda -A Life On Your Terms

Liz is someone I secretly admire. She has just started a blog about living on your own terms and she’s already on the top of my reading list. You can just feel that she’s going all in with her writing and truly wants to kick your butt so you start living life your way. I love you Lizzy! (Ok, sorry about that. But I do really like you.) 

Not only do I believe that individuals have the power to change the world, I think that individuals are the only one’s with the ability to do so. Every significant event in history, every game changing discovery or act started as just a seed of an idea in the mind of an individual. Then other individuals came and expanded upon that idea, and still others came to lend a hand to make it a reality. Without acknowledging the incredible power of the individual mind, no change is possible. There’s no such thing as a collective mind or the mind of society. There is only an individual mind that chooses to work with other individuals to instigate change.

I’m on a mission to create the kind of world I imagine for my future, where every person is filled with passion and love for their own life. Every blog post and every infographic I create is aimed to help people understand the immense value of their unique, individual potential. I believe once people start viewing their lives as precious resources, they will be more likely to do great things, creating a better world for everyone. Every time I can get an individual to love their existence, the world changes.


Chris Guillebeau – The Art of NonConformity

Chris Guillebeau is a blogger, author and world traveler. He’s inquiring thousands of people to challenge the status quo, spend $100 to start their own business or go dominate the world. He will have traveled to every country in the world by the time he turns 35. 

 

Do you think we as individuals have the power to change the world?

I certainly hope so!

If yes, how are you changing it?

It’s not really for me to determine the effect I’m having on the world. But if I had to wish for something, I’d wish that my work helps more people to think for themselves and set big goals.


Izzy Arkin – The 30 Year Old Ninja

Izzy decided that his life was too boring so he moved to Japan to become a ninja. If that doesn’t inspire you to live like you mean it than I don’t know what does. He became a blogger to share his journey and to inspire others to take action on their dreams. 

Do you think we as individuals have the power to change the world?

Hands down yes.

If yes, how are you changing it?

I quit my job, I moved to Japan and I am following my childhood dream: to become a ninja. I write about my experiences (the good, the bad, and the ugly) to encourage others to follow their dreams. I am living, breathing proof that a person can turn their dream into a reality.


James Chartrand – Men With Pens

James Chartrand is a genius writer, blogger and web designer. She went from welfare to business owner in no time to support herself and her family. If you want to know why she calls herself James, check out this article on copyblogger. It blew my mind and earned her my honest respect. 

Do you think we as individuals have the power to change the world?

Absolutely. Everything you do, every day, has a ripple effect. Every action you take has the power to affect lives of others. Every decision you make has consequences and the ability influence your mind, your environment and the people around you.

And this ripples out, no matter how small the initial impact, building up into waves that wash over people worldwide.

Think about it: After a hard week at work, you make a nice meal for your spouse. You both feel happiness, and when you drive to the store later that evening, you’re both nice to a woman who’s been feeling lonely. She smiles and goes home to spend time with her child… who remembers that moment for years, through teenhood, and passes it on by mentoring a student in need, who goes on to finish his education with flying colors. He goes on to become a scientist that makes a monumental discovery and changes technology for people worldwide, making their lives better because of it.

It all started by a nice meal… but had a profound effect.

It sounds philosophic, perhaps, but think about it: these small actions can and do happen every day, changing the world in amazing ways.

If yes, how are you changing it?

I own two businesses that each provide people who want to change their business results with the tools they need to do so… and those people go on to earn better income, more sales, new clients – they achieve success. That lets them improve their lives and those of their families, and many go on to major achievements that change the lives of people around them.

All I did was offer them a helping hand, by giving them the springboard they needed to soar.


Todd Kuslikis – A Shot of Adrenaline

Todd runs a blog about exercise -but it’s not your average fitness blog. It’s about achieving greatness in health & fitness, meant to be both inspiration and kick in the butt to those who are struggling to take their health in their hands. He’s been a role model for me as he started from scratch just like I’m doing right now and what he has build in such a short period of time is mind blowing. 

Yes, but not in the traditional sense. Mother Theresa once said, ‘You can not do great things, just small things with great love.’ So many of us strive to be the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. We want to ‘get to the top’ and ‘be the best’ and ‘change the world.’ Although the intentions are noble, we are looking at it backwards. To become a change agent, you must first be able to positively affect one person’s life. Help the person in front of you as if he was your closest personal friend. Then he will feel that care, that focused attention, and do the same for others. You have now created a wave that will touch people beyond that one person.

Commit your life to doing this over and over again and you will change the world. This is the intention I have for my life in the fitness industry. I don’t want to be the next Jack Lalanne or Arnold. I simply try to help the one person that is in front of me with great love and attention.


James Clear – Passive Panda

James blogs to help everyday people earn more money, time, and freedom. He’s quickly rising to the top of the finance blogging world and his advice has helped hundreds of people take charge of their financial situation. 

Do you think we as individuals have the power to change the world?

1. Yes. Individuals are changing the world everyday. Even if we decide to do nothing, that changes things. Personally, I prefer to actively participate in the game of life rather than letting the game play you, but either way your choice changes things.

If yes, how are you changing it?

2. Excellent question and it’s one I think about often. I’m building businesses online that are helping people grow their businesses and travel more frequently. I also volunteer as a Disaster Assessment Lead for the American Red Cross, which means I provide services to those affected by disasters like fires, tornados, floods, and so on.

Honestly, I don’t think I’m doing enough. That’s why my next project is focused on changing the way we look at health and medicine. I want to pour myself into work that really pushes the envelope.


Melissa Kennedy – Hunger Journey

Melissa is a young woman committed to fulfill her hunger for life while having a positive impact in other peoples lives. She’s in the process of simplifying her life and currently on a growth sabbatical to find her direction in life. She’s an amazing friend and  supported me from the very beginning. Thank you, Melissa!

Do you think we as individuals have the power to change the world?

I believe with everything within me, that how we step out into the world as individuals has a direct affect on our environment and fellow beings, and therefore the world as a whole. The way that we carry ourselves, interact with each other and the earth, and the energy that we put forward, has the potential to shift everything. There is immense power in looking within individually, and allowing this personal wisdom to inspire and shape our future.

If yes, how are you changing it?

By living and breathing my core beliefs: kindness, compassion, love, freedom, and truth. Every single interaction that stems from these beliefs, whether it’s with people or the environment, is an opportunity to positively shift the energy of the world.


Paige Burkes at simple mindfulness

Paige Burkes – Simple Mindfulness

Paige Burkes writes at simple mindfulness where she inspires her readers to see the world in a new light and experience life mindfully, inviting in more happiness and joy. It’s inspiring to see her grow and make a difference in the world, so be sure to check her out!

Do you think we as individuals have the power to change the world?

Individuals are what change the world. Every day, each of us directly impacts our own world and the world of those around us, whether we do it consciously or not. We have a choice as to how we impact the world in every moment.

I’m changing the world by showing others that their possibilities in life are limitless. Society likes to put us in very controlled boxes using large doses of fear. By revealing that the boxes are illusions and there’s nothing to fear, I’m helping others to see their true potential and express their gifts to the world. While my ability to personally interact with others is limited, my ability to impact others is infinite because each person who I personally interact with and impact spreads that energy. I can light the flames of a million candles by personally lighting the candles of a handful of people. Each handful of people spreads their flames to others in an infinite wave around the globe.


Tyler Tervooren – Advanced Riskology

Tyler’s life bored him out of his mind so he decided to radically change it and take intelligent risks to bring the fire back. Now his adventures at Advanced Riskology are inspiring thousands of fellow riskologists to live like they mean it. 

I don’t think any one person can change the world that much. But I think any one person can change something about a few others. And the ripple effect from that can certainly change the world.

So, at the end of the day, big world changes can be tied back to a single person, but really it took the effort of a whole lot of people to make anything happen.

That’s where I try to focus my attention—on hopefully making some kind of difference to a few people who will go on to do the same.


Adrianne Laconi - Ambassador to Trailblazer and Paid to Exist Community

Adrianne is like the mother of all Trailblazers. She’s working for Jonathan Mead and helps people like me get clear on what they want and turn their dreams into a reality. Without her something would be missing. 

Do you think we as individuals have the power to change the world?

I absolutely believe that anyone can change the world. It only takes one person to help inspire a movement and to cause big change.

If yes, how are you changing it?

I am changing the world by showing my daughter that you don’t have to accept the path that someone else laid out for you. We all have options and even if people dont agree with them or think its crazy, its your life to live how you deem best. I am changing the world by helping others see that for themselves as well. Everyday I work to help support amazing people who have visions and dreams of something better and it’s absolutely the best thing in the world


Peter Clemens – The Change Blog

Peter Clemens is the founder of The Change Blog where he helps everyday people change their life from ordinary to extraordinary. He also runs a site called AudiobookAddicts (yes, I put that here for you dad). 

Individuals absolutely have the power to change the world. I believe one of the best ways to change the world is to change yourself. As Mahatma Gandhi said: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” That’s why I try to help people change by sharing practical inspiration on my blog, The Change Blog. I’m also a father to four boys so I do my best to be a positive role model for them.


Penelope Trunk – founder of Brazen Careerist

 Penelope is one impressive woman. She’s the founder of Brazen Careerist a place that offers different and sometimes controversial career advice. Her career advice runs in 200 newspapers. She also has a personal blog and lives on a farm in Wisconsin. 

I don’t feel the need to change the world. I think “I’m changing the world” is a crock of crap that people tell themselves when they want to infuse meaning into their work and they can’t figure out how. The only thing meaningful about our work is our relationships. The other stuff is what we do to make money or to feel intellectually stimulated. I’m not making this up. It’s in every positive psychology journal in the world. Dan Gilbert writes about this in Stumbling on Happiness.


Amber J. Adams – The Fab Life Project

Amber runs a blog called The Fab Life Project (what a great name!) where she helps confused twenty-somethings understand the Gen-Y experience and build a life they love. 

Do you think we as individuals have the power to change the world?

I do! I just don’t think we can do it alone. I believe that we have to find people who have missions that speak to our heart, and team up with them. There is the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I also believe it takes a village to change the world. That’s what is so cool about all of the tools we have today. We literally can form our own world-changing villages.

If yes, how are you changing it?

My mission is to change the way people define happiness. At our age, it’s so easy to compare yourself to the next person, but truthfully, we never know what is going on in someone else’s life. So, I believe it’s important to define things for yourself. By getting all of my “crazy” ideas out of my head via writing. By pushing myself to throw these thoughts in the world in hopes that they resonate with someone in some way.I’m really into helping people realize that it is up to them to define how they feel about their career, and their success and happiness.

It’s been two years since I started my blog, and I’m just now to a place where I am ready to really put it ALL out there. So stay tuned! Changing the world one blog post at a time!


Colin Wright – Exile Lifestyle

Colin moves to a different country every four months. His blog readers get to decide where he goes next. He has written a bunch of books, produced a travelogue and runs a publishing company called Asymmetrical. He’s into minimalism and has been starting and running businesses since he was 19. 

Do you think we as individuals have the power to change the world?

Absolutely. Who else?

If yes, how are you changing it?

By making sure I’m always the best version of myself I can possibly be, living by example, and one person at a time.


Bruno Coelho is 29 year old Portuguese entrepreneur, with a degree in Computer Engineering who’s currently finishing his Master’s degree in Management. He LOVES People, Marketing, Branding, Innovation, Leadership, Customers and Entrepreneurship.
He’s in the business of unleashing people’s potential and inspire them to change the World at his blog The Rabbit Way.

Everyone CAN change the World if they decide to become ALL they can be! That’s a decision no one else can do for us. That’s a journey no one else can walk for us.

I also can’t think of a more worthwhile mission than to follow and live for our purpose in Life!

“If it’s up to be, it’s up to me!” – Harvey Mackay

Now, some people believe that changing the World is about achieving fame and fortune. I don’t think so. What if ONE person sees this post and it saves his or her life? Not only that, but he then goes out and inspires others to do the same?

For me, I’m dedicating my life to help dreamers tired of being slaves of someone else’s dream to become ALL that they can be, so they can start living a life worthy dying for.

This isn’t about success. Success comes and goes, even to the greatest empires. But glory, which is simply being willing to live and die for our legacy, is always at our reach.

The irony is this: if you choose the second, your chances of reaching the first one increase dramatically because you come from a place of deep balance and alignment with who you are.


I know, I know!

If you’re like me you’ll look like this by now:

That’s one impressive list of things people are capable of once they decide to live like they mean it and change the world.

I hope you’ll treasure the inspiration you’re feeling right now and keep it with you.

So that when you’re ready, you’ll change the world too.

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35 Responses to 18 Entrepreneurs & Bloggers Reveal How You Can Change the World

  1. Jacob Sokol says:

    BLS, baby! This is awesome. S’got me feeling like I can do it! :)

  2. Yay! You’ve launched!! Changing the world one sock at a time …

  3. Awesome job Iris! There are some true gems in here! :) Way to go!!

  4. Liz says:

    Thank you so much Iris for including me in this list! There are a few people I haven’t heard of, and I’d like to get to know more about.

    For example, this ‘Paige’ person who seems to have the same ideas that I do. How come I haven’t met you Paige! I’m going to introduce myself now.

    That’s a change in the world right there :)

  5. Therese says:

    Awesome! I love it that you ended with the picture of Kevin. HAHA! Congrats on your launch!

  6. Amber J. says:

    This is just pure awesomeness! I love it!

  7. Izzy says:

    Iris! Congrats on getting the blog out. You know I have to admit, the more I read these round up posts the more I like them. Every time I read one of them I hear about new people. And on top of that I get really excited when there are people on it that I already know.

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to contribute :) .

    • Iris says:

      I know what you mean. I used to hate round-up posts because I got so distracted checking out the sites of all the participants. :D But they’re a great source of inspiration and a good way to find like minded people.

      Thanks so much for your contribution!

  8. Lehua says:

    Hey Iris!

    I think this is so AWESOME, you’re such an inspiration for those of us (like myself) who have not launched yet. The site is cute and motivating, and this post in particular is such a high concentration of inspiration that I am in awe.. I’ll probably have to take it in several doses to let all the great advice sink in, haha! GREAT JOB and keep it up! :)

    Lehua

  9. Iris says:

    Thank you so much, Lehuha.

    I love being an inspiration :) Do you have plans to launch your own project soon? Let me know once it’s live and I’ll be sure to check it out. Also let me know if you need anything, I know how stressful launching can be. :)

  10. Iris,

    Big congrats on your launch! And this is an amazing line-up of inspirational folks! I’m honored that you included me.

    After spending much of my life in board rooms filled with black & navy socks, I can totally relate to the “bright little socks” concept. Love it! I’m wearing mine!

    Big Hugs!!

  11. Janet says:

    congrats on the launch! wasn’t sure where you were going with this on the blog name but it’s cute and LOVE the sketchy graphic! I secretly hate list blog posts, but I know they’re instant hits and this is a great round up! I see some new people I hadn’t heard of before so I should definitely add them all to my reading list :)

    • Iris says:

      I know what you mean, list posts can become so overwhelming. I’m glad you’ve found some cool people and yes you should add them to your reading list. :)

      My boyfriend drew the header image, I’ll let him know that you like it :)

  12. Hi Iris,

    Congrats on the launch of your site. It looks awesome!

    Also, a big thanks for including me in this post.

    All the best,

    Peter

  13. Great article Iris! Congrats on the launch – the site looks excellent and is a definite inspiration. :-)

  14. Patricia says:

    Hi Iris and congratulations on your site launch,
    your site is awesome, and this post is huge. I’m a fan of some or the 17 above :)

    I wish your project a bright future and talk to you very soon on LYL or here !

  15. Great call with the Kevin picture! :)

  16. Hi Iris,
    many gratulations for your side. Good luck for all your doings.And I mean yes we can.

    • Iris says:

      Liebe Susanne,

      vielen Dank für deinen lieben Kommentar. Ich freu mich, dass du dir meinen Blog mal näher angeschaut hast. Und du hast recht, yes we can :)

      -Iris

  17. Bruno Coelho says:

    Iris!

    What a great job you’ve done and it’s a real privilege to follow your journey!

    Everyone CAN change the World if they decide to become ALL that they can be! That’s a decision no one else can do for us. That’s a journey no one else can walk for us.
    I also can’t think of a more worthwhile mission than to follow and live for our purpose in Life!

    “If it’s up to be, it’s up to me!” – Harvey Mackay

    Now, some people believe that changing the World is about achieving fame and fortune. I don’t think so. What if ONE person sees this post and it saves his or her life? Not only that, but he then goes out and inspires others to do the same?

    For me, I’m dedicating my life to help dreamers tired of being slaves of someone else’s dream to become ALL that they can be, so they can start living a life worthy dying for.
    This isn’t about Success. Success comes and goes, even to the greatest empires. But Glory, which is simply being willing to live and die for our legacy, is always at our reach.
    The irony is this: if you choose the second, your chances of reaching the first one increases dramatically because you come from a place of deep balance and alignment with who you are.

    You really are raising the BAR in your Life, and by doing so, you’re inspiring others to do the same.
    You’re changing the World and it’s a honor to be your friend.

    • Iris says:

      Awww, Bruno! Stop it :)

      That’s a really cool answer and I’ll make sure to include it in the post.

      Here’s to the good things lying ahead of us,

      -Iris

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