This week we watched the movie “Erin Brockovich” which is about a [single] woman with three children & no job. She becomes a paralegal for a firm called “Ed Masry”. With a little bit of help she brings down a company called PG&E, accusing them of polluting the drinking water.
This film is based on a true story.
The question I want to answer in this post is the following: “How is it possible for one person to make a significant difference in so many people’s lives?”
I want to take on this question from my perspective, and write about a few people who’d done amazing things for many people, including myself. I want to discover if there’s any similarities between the way they’ve managed to do what they’ve done.
First, I want to start with Steve Jobs. He’s the man who brought us the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone and lastly the iPad, not only was he a co-founder of Apple – he was also a co-founder of Pixar. He changed the lives of hundreds of million people.
If you have time, you should watch this documentary
Another person is Bill Gates. Just like Steven Jobs he made a huge impact on the way we think about computers – the Windows operating system. Windows is the most widespread OS in the world – and we often differentiate between a PC and a Mac, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
Not only did Bill Gates make a huge impact on the way we run our daily lives, he has also made a huge difference for people who live in poverty through the Bill & Melinda Foundation. Together with his Wife he’s given countless millions to people struggling to get bread on the table.
Erin Brockovich’s story is kind of like this, but in a whole different way. She made it possible for about 650 people to get the health care they needed, and compensation for the horrible acts by PG&E. Her courage to follow what she believed was right is something we don’t see every day.
As Steve Jobs once said:
You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.
The last bit is important: “Even when it leads you off the well worn path.”
One question remains, “how can one person make such a difference in people’s lives”. The simple answer is: they can’t. One person can’t do this alone:
Steve Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak.
Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen.
Erin Brockovich got hired by Ed Masry.
If these people hadn’t been on the right place on the right time the world would’ve been completely different. But one thing is for sure, they wouldn’t have gotten anywhere if it hadn’t been for their will to do hard work. Their ability to work hard even when the times are hard.
One person can’t change people’s lives alone – it’s always someone behind the curtains with a helping hand.