A lot has happened this past week in the world.

  • The greatest of all time passed away. He wasn’t undefeated, but he was undisputed. He was greater outside of the ring than inside of it, and that is almost unfathomable.
  • Uber raised 3.5 billion dollars from a Saudi sovereign fund. This is the largest private investment ever made in a company. It is rewriting any rules we thought we knew about disruption and the global economy.
  • And a young woman who was raped by a college athlete bravely shared a letter that has rocked our entire country in the best way possible. Cutting to the heart of any confusion we may have about what is right and what is wrong and how we should care for each other.

In my little corner of the world, Jacob and I released episode 30 of C+O, The Jumpstart team keeps plugging away at our goal of helping to make healthcare better for everyone, the DMD Soccer team started the serious strategic work on bringing a soccer stadium in Nashville, and my family has officially transitioned into Summer with the kids.

For me, there has been a common theme through last week’s events, both at the largest scale, and also in my personal life. In fact… two themes. Sorry, I couldn’t just distill it down to one.

The first theme, is that you can do incredible, unbelievable, great things. You CAN change the world. You can.

Baratunde Thurston had a great post on Medium where he shared his favorite Ali quote, and I’ll share it with you here because no one can say it better than he did.

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

That pretty much says it all.

The second theme is that you really have to watch who you are around. Everyone will not make it for your entire journey to greatness. You may have to keep upgrading. Some people will make it the whole way, and that’s a blessing. But everyone won’t. At some point, some people will begin to drag on you. Negatively influence you. Allow you to doubt yourself. Allow you to be in dangerous situations. Be brave, but be careful. And when someone is being small, accept it. Don’t spend your energy trying to change it.

That’s all I got this week. Be great and watch anyone who would tell you to do anything other than that.

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