Impact & Leadership

Feel Helpless About The World’s Problems? How One Person Can Make A Difference

January 13, 2020

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Ever feel helpless about our collective problems? With everything going on in our world today, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. In fact, over the holidays I read a book that — at first — made me mad as hell.

I was on an airplane and had to practice being a responsible adult and not throw the damn thing against the wall. Those first 120 pages unleashed a fiery mix of devastation, outrage, and bewilderment. (Picture me SMH and making wild hand movements.)

Thankfully around page 122, things turned around. My heartbreak transformed into hope.

The book is called Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, and is written by two Pulitzer prize-winning journalists, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It’s riveting and devastating and inspiring.

Nick and Sheryl have written about lots of humanitarian crises during their career, but Tightrope is about the problems facing the American working class. Those same problems, by the way, are appearing across our planet.

Ultimately, Tightrope offers clear steps for how everyday people like you and me can help create a more equitable, just world. Because as Nick and Sheryl share,

"A country cannot reach its potential when so many of its citizens are not reaching theirs."

They are my guests today on The Marie Forleo Podcast because rather than just highlighting the heartbreaking issues — they share cost-effective, research-based solutions that move us toward positive, collective outcomes.

Like their other books, A Path Appears and Half the Sky, Tightrope will inspire you to take more action to help those in need — both personally and collectively.

If you’ve ever wondered how you can play a part in helping our world heal, this episode is for you.

You’ll be reminded that you’re more powerful than you think and that, together, we do have the ability to solve some of our biggest, most devastating collective issues.

Audio excerpted courtesy Penguin Random House Audio from TIGHTROPE
by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, read by Jennifer Garner.

Now we’d love to hear from you. What’s the biggest insight you received from this conversation? Did you feel inspired to take a specific action? Let me know in the comments below.

Share as much detail as you can. Hundreds of thousands of souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone needs to see things from a fresh perspective. Important: please share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. may be removed.

You were born with an innate power to create change, both in your life and in the lives of others.

Your voice matters.

Your actions matter.  

No matter how dark and difficult things get, don’t look away. Allow your kindness and compassion to light the way.  

With SO much love ❤️,


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