12 years ago

Gandhi’s Top 10 ‘Change’ fundamentals.

Mahatma Gandhi really needs no long introduction. Everyone knows or at least heard about the man who lead the Indian people to independence from British rule on August 15th in 1947. Personally I’ve always been a strong advocate of Gandhi’s Top 10 ‘Change’ fundamentals. They are as follow: 

1.) Change yourself: 

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

2.) You are in control:

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

3.) Forgive and let go:

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

4.) Take care of this moment:

“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”

5.) Without action you are not going anywhere:

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

6.) Everyone is human:

“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”

7.) See the good in people and help them:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

8.) Persist:

“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”

“Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”

“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

9.) Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

10.) Continue to grow and evolve:

”Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.”

While having these fundamentals in the back of my mind I ran into this video put together by Graham Bond. Graham basically put a bunch of voice-clips together for what he calls ‘nonprofit educational purposes’. Well thank you Graham! You are absolute right: “You really can do anything you want, we, as people are bound by nothing.” Think about what you are really passionate about? Let’s spend these 7 minutes well and listen to what Jiddu Krishnamurti (2X), Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting (written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck), Tiana Hux in Waking Life (written by Richard Linklater), George CarlinRandy PauschJeremy Rifkin, and Wayne Dyer have to say.