Mahatma Gandhi was an amazing leader. The way he rose to power was even more extraordinary. He didn’t start off with a title or position, but there has hardly been any other man or woman who had such a great influence as he did. A whole nation followed him. The whole world was changed because of him. How did he do it? Maybe part of the answer lies in these words he said:
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi
That is the way Gandhi lived. Living to the full every day, and always being open to learn, change and grow. Follow that advice and you, like him, will have a truly amazing life. But of the two, I think the first part, living, is the easier one, no easy, but easier. It’s not even possible to live that way, unless you also keep learning all through life.
We should live each day with passion. It is important to make every day count. But you won’t be able to do that for very long without doing the second part, learning, or you’ll get bored out of your mind, and you’ll lose the inspiration to keep going. Learning is the part that takes the most effort, the most discipline, but it is also the part that has the most power to change and transform you, to bring your goals to life, to make your dreams come true.
Your formal schooling was important, but it is the way you keep learning, keep educating yourself, keep stretching and reaching higher, that will enable you to live a life like the one Mahatma Gandhi talked about. It’s by living and learning in this way that you will be able to be an influence for good and catalyst for change in your part of the world, no matter how big or small it may be.