#5 Changing the World


One idea Simon Sinek gave was “Think why then how then what not what then how then why. The “In other words, when we communicate from the outside in, yes, people can understand vast amounts of complicated information like features and benefits and facts and figures. It just doesn’t drive behavior. When we can communicate from the inside out, we’re talking directly to the part of the brain that controls behavior, and then we allow people to rationalize it with the tangible things we say and do. This is where gut decisions come from.”” Another point was “Do things for a cause not for a result. As he said, “The goal is not just to sell to people who need what you have; the goal is to sell to people who believe what you believe.”” I think that this is an important point because when you want to be successful,you have to actually have a reason for doing what you do. Also, more people will pay attention to you if you have a cause.


One thing that I noticed in my research was that “Bullying occurs most frequently from sixth through eighth grade…” I found this interesting because I was bullied mainly in third through sixth grade. This fact was confusing to me because I had not experienced bullying in the “normal”age range.


First, the Why for my topic relates to my experience being bullied and how I don’t want other people to experience what I had to experience. Next, my How is trying to get people to appreciate empathy and to get bystanders to take action in bullying incidents. Finally, my What is I am trying to decrease bullying issues in my community and the state of Vermont. In other words…

I am doing this so others do not have to experience what I experienced. I intend to do this by getting people to appreciate empathy and by helping bystanders to take action. My goal is to decrease the problem of bullying in my community and all around Vermont. This is how I want to make a change in the world. Even if it is a small change, it does something which could affect many people other than me.



Crawford, Nicole. “New Ways to Stop Bullying.” American Psychological Association, Oct. 2002, www.apa.org/monitor/oct02/bullying.aspx.
Miles Ellis Novotny

2 Responses to “#5 Changing the World

  • Dianne Baroz
    5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts this week about your personal experience with bullying. I think that one of the most important reasons for wanting to make change is to have a strong personal conviction about the issue. If you feel strongly about something, you will have others wanting to “believe in what you believe”. Having the guts to stand up for a cause, educating others to also spread the word, and to take action will seem daunting at times but worth the effort that you are putting forth in the long run.

  • I notice that you have some good quotes to support the reasoning behind having a purpose to do something. I wonder if other kids have experienced bullying outside of the “normal” age range. I notice that you have a strong “why” and a good pitch for your social problem.

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