The only lever you have to significantly improve the world is to improve yourself.
That doesn’t mean beating yourself up, or changing your essence. Your essence is OK. It’s just the bad habits, rough edges, priorities that need straightening out.
According to Emmet Fox,
Love is always creative and fear is always destructive. If you could only love enough, you would be the most powerful person in the world.
I don’t think you can be truly loving without being real.
According to Jules Buccieri
And (magic fact) if you aren’t real, you aren’t powerful.
Improving yourself gets to the root of the problems that are in your power to fix and enables you to engage effectively with the world.
Looked at another way, you’re your most valuable capital asset. Your brain, your skills, your sharpness, your knowledge, your health and appearance, etc.
When I moved out of a townhouse a few years ago after ten years residence, the wooden floor in the kitchen still looked new and the roses were big and full of flowers. But what is the asset of a townhouse compared with the asset of me or you? Yet, we all fill that asset with poison of one kind or another, such as alcohol, stress, caffeine, pornography, mindless entertainment. (Don’t “choose your poison”, choose life.) And we forgo the physical and mental training that we need to maintain and grow ourselves.
Instead, with the right priorities, we could grow healthier, stronger, smarter, and more skillful each day.
Aside: Of course, you also need a thrilling purpose. On what should you set loose this glorious machine? According to Jonathan Mead
The biggest benefit to working on a revolution is that it gives you an insane amount of energy.