"Game Change" the new book about the 2008 presidential election has topped the New York Times Best Seller List for the last three weeks. The book has stirred a lot of controversy since it relies exclusively on anonymous sources. Nevertheless, I was thrilled to get a copy of this gossipy, tell-all book about behind the scenes events on the campaign trail. What could be better? The only books juicier than trashy fiction are trashy non-fiction books.
Besides offering airplane entertainment, Game Change stimulated my thinking about the power and the influence of a single individual. Barack Obama, despite a lack of experience and a traditional political financial engine, believed that he could capture the single moment in time when he could create hope in America. Regardless of whether you voted for Obama (I didn't) or think that he has been successful during his first year (I don't), he did win the presidency on the belief and the passion that he, himself, could drive a change in the nation.
Similarly, Oprah is committed to decreasing the number of accidents caused by cell phone distractions. She launched the No Phone Zone movement on her Jan. 18 show and since then, 106,410 people have signed a pledge. The numbers increase daily, and given the Queen of Television's track record, I predict that Oprah will have more impact on this issue than any regulation or policy that might be enacted.
So, what is unique about individuals who believe that they can single-handedly make the world a better place? What is the driving force that gives them the energy and the optimism to tackle challenges that so many others view as insurmountable?
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