"Remember to look up at the stars and not at your feet...it matters just that you don't give up." ~ Stephen Hawking
Confession: I don’t know a lot about theoretical physics. In fact, I don’t know a lot about physics. I know the important role it plays in our life. I remember some key physics concepts, and I’m intrigued by many of the big questions physicists try to answer. But, generally speaking, I’m ignorant to it all.
And maybe with physics, that’s an ok thing to be. Ignorant that is. Being better at physics wouldn’t make me a better writer, after all. I don’t believe that understanding black holes or the big bang will improve my content marketing campaigns. So, I’m ok with my level of knowledge and understanding in terms of physics.
It’s amazing to me, though, that a preeminent physicist inspires me every day. Today is a pretty big day for science buffs. Not only is it Einstein’s birthday and #InternationalPiDay, it is now also the day that marks the passing of noted physicist Stephen Hawking.
Stephen’s view of the world and his quest to find answers to big questions, and then translate them into more layperson’s terms, was even more impactful based on how he lived his life. Given only two years to live more than 50 years ago, Stephen not only defied the odds, he continued to break boundaries.
So what does physics have to do with a pro-diversity, anti-racism, anti-bigotry movement? To me, everything.
Stephen’s passion to look up and not down, and to move forward versus giving up is paramount to a successful movement. Causes and movements, by their very nature, are not easy. Many people are ignorant or misinformed about the issues. It is an uphill slog, to say the least.
What does it take to start a movement? In a recent post, the TATE shares that there are 9 steps, I venture there’s a tenth.
And here’s my suggested tenth:
Don’t give up – In the words of Stephen Hawking “Remember to look up at the stars and not at your feet...it matters just that you don't give up.” Creating or joining a movement won’t be easy. So be ready to do the work. Stay focused. Be positive. And don’t give up.