Webster’s definition of a Change agent is- People who act as catalysts for change.
In October of 2008, Businessweek writers Jack and Suzy Welch wrote that the following description describes change agents:
“They’ve got power, vision, bravery, and support- which may be why they are rare…”
Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book “The Tipping Point” that: “The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.”
My definition, a change agent is a man or woman who desires to do social good, help those less fortunate, and give the gift of their vast knowledge to the world.
I am a change agent. I am a person that I feel steps up and does what is necessary to make change in the world. I wish to leave this world a little better, brighter, and painless for someone else when I am gone. I wish for this to be my legacy. My life has been changed for ever by the catalysts that came into my life in 2003 and 2005. I feel that I have worked tirelessly to make the world a better place for them, while doing this, I found out that I could make the world a better place for others. I hit the national stage in 2010 and I have not stopped since then.
Being a change agent is not easy and it can be tiresome. You have to view life with objectivity that you don’t feel is there some days. But when you hear that you helped a person, that you spoke up at the right time, that your letter was what was needed to make a strong impression on the person that can make change, you plug away more and dig your heels in and continue to do more.
Being a change agent is not without opposition. You will find those that do not believe in what you believe. You will meet those that think that you are wrong. You have to plug away even more. The one thing that I have learned is that the louder the nay sayers are, the more you will know that you are on the right track.
Being a change agent is not easy and sometimes you have to walk that path alone, but it when you find a Myrdin, Cynthia, Martha, or Windy along the way that you don’t feel so alone. Being a change agent is good. It’s necessary and it is a powerful lesson to pass on to your child that the world didn’t change during and after the civil rights movement with people sitting back waiting for it to happen. They were proactive and got out there and did what they had to do.