Currently reading a fascinating book by a man named John Wood. John is an ex-Microsoft heavy hitter who threw it all in at the age of 35 to start a education based charity called: Room to Read.
Since the late 90’s they’ve been on the mission to change the lives of 10 million illiterate children from around the world (they started in Napal where 70% of the population live in poverty, as well as 70% are illiterate!) by providing books and educational resources to upskill and empower the next generation of leaders.
Even though I’m a pretty fast reader (nowadays - which hasn’t always been the case), if a book hasn’t captured me within the first 50 or 60 pages, I simply move on.
Well, I’m 160 pages deep with only 80 left. I guess it’s pretty safe to say that I’m enjoying the insights in this one...
As they say: “life’s too short to read bad books...” (or is it something about wine?)
The key take away so far: Change begins with you.
Whether you have plans to change the face of education like John, or if you simply want to change the life of one person (you) it all starts with a decision to get out there and make things happen.
I’ve made a decision that one of my missions over the next 3 years is to make it over to Napal, before funding the build of my very own libraries in one of the villages in honour of what books have done for me.
And since talk is cheap, I’ve started small and made a donation to Room To Read, you can do the same here.
It may not be Andrew Carnegie like*...yet, but we can all do our part.
I hope you’ll do yours for whatever cause hits home for you.
Thanks for the inspiration, John.
*Andrew Carnegie is the once richest man in the world, who spawned and created a huge amount of wealth during the Industrial age, to which he put to good use with the build of over 2000 free public libraries around the world..!