by Kevin Tutt
The Power of One is a theory that one person can change the future, that one person’s actions can change the lives of many.
A single smile, hope, touch or act can be the beginning of something extraordinary. The longest journey begins with one step: the greatest accomplishments begin with one idea.
All it takes is one individual to significantly change the ways of a society, the ways of the world. Inspiration is contagious.
One kind, genuine, respectful person can inspire the people around then to be better versions of themselves. It is a domino effect that can dramatically change the direction and nature of a community.
If we are wanting to make a difference in the world and be the change we want to see, we should never lose faith in our abilities, our true value in society or feel like our contribution alone won’t have enough impact.
One person can lead a population to more prosperous times.
One giver within a population of takers can spread so much goodness amongst the greed.
One smile can take away another’s sadness.
One simple random act of kindness can change someone’s world.
One person’s nothing can be another person’s something.
One person can come with an awe-inspiring amount of power.
Each day, we hold this power in our hot little hands and it is a force to be reckoned with.
This power can make or break the people around us, whether they are our loved ones or complete strangers, and we are always going to have to weigh up how we can use our power in the best possible ways.
One person can make a world of difference.
You may not be superheroes, you may feel ordinary on most days, but you can do extraordinary things if you make the right decisions and use your power for good.
You are one person, but you may well be “the one” to do great things in the world, even at your age. At the age of 16 or 17:
- Joan of Arc led the French Armies into battle against the English during the Hundred Years War;
- Jane Austen wrote her first novel;
- Sojourner Truth escaped slavery and became an abolitionist and women’s rights activist;
- Anne Frank kept her journal while in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam;
- Malala Yousufzai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy for girls’ education and human rights; and
- Greta Thunberg has created a wave that will change the world’s thinking about climate change.
We all have the power to create change. One person is all it takes. So, never underestimate your power. Your power of one.
And, the women that I've given you as examples today, they were young women and they were fierce about change in the world.
And, following up with the theme that our Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl have followed this year, they were deeply empowered.