Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple at the time of his death, said early in his life that he wanted to "make a ding in the universe." He became wildly successful financially, but he did so fundamentally because he wanted to make a difference in the world. He did this by working with others to create what he called "insanely great products" like the Macintosh, the Pixar engine for computer graphics, the iPod, iTunes, and the iPhone.

Most people ask the question "How can I be successful?" If you ask the question "How can I make a difference?" then you will discover that you can do both at the same time. Trying to make a difference actually accelerates your path toward success. All successful people and organizations have a mission, or a purpose.

Perhaps you have ideas of your own that you think might change the world. Pursue them!

If not, you must surely believe in somebody else's ideas. Decide which set of ideas and ideals are important to you, and then support them. We've gotten so used to gridlock in Washington that we've forgotten that individuals can and do make a difference all the time in America!

You can indeed make a difference. America 2029 will help you to figure out how.

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