People are often surprised to find out that All We Are was started by a 16-year-old looking for ways to make a difference. They seem equally surprised to find out that our operations are run by a volunteer group made up of a motley assortment of young people who meet virtually and have no capital to invest in any projects on our own.

The reality is, there’s no secret formula to what we do. We didn’t get lucky. We just got moving.

There’s power in movement. Believing in something, hoping for it, wanting it to happen, praying for it—those are all important. But sooner or later, belief and passion have to inspire action for any real change to take place.

But taking action is the scary part. It’s the part where our dreams have the potential to explode in our faces. It’s the part where failure can rear its ugly head and convince us that we should just crawl back into the normalcy of our everyday lives and leave the doing to other people who have more resources, experience, knowledge, whatever.

The key isn’t to never experience fear. Fear can be powerful, and it’s an inevitable part of our human experience.

At AWA, we have a simple goal—to improve people’s lives through sustainable projects. It sounds like a monumental task, but when you break it down, it just means using the resources, talents and skills we have available to us and doing the best we can for the people who need our help.

Making a difference in the world can’t be left up to “other people.” We can’t wait until we’re smart enough, wealthy enough, or until we have enough certifications and qualifications that we feel equipped enough. That day will never come. There will always be more to learn and achieve. We at AWA recognize that we still have so much to learn and so many ways to continue growing. But we’re going to do that as we change the world, not before.

If you truly want to make a difference in the world, don’t wait. Remember that there’s power in movement, in getting started, in turning your passion into action. That’s all it takes, that’s all we are.

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