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A crash course in changing the world.

I gotta be honest here... I've been lucky. Perhaps my family was never a millionair and it's true there are LOTS of things I haven´t been able to do because I lack the money, but let's face it. I've always had food on my table and a roof over my head. I've had the opportunity to study in great schools and thanks to that I'm able to live a very confortable life... yet one of my main objective in life is to help improve the world in any way. That's why I choose what I studied, that's why I quited a good safe job to take a riskier one, that's why I wake up every morning and give my best in the non-profit where I work.

How did this started? I have it very clear, it was because of someone. His name is Craig Kielburger and even if he doesn´t really know me... he changed my life!

It was in the late 1999, I was in high school and Craig went to my school to give a talk. Saying that he's inspiring is very little! He's less than a month older than me, yet he already founded Free the Children, a world wide organization of young people working to end children labor. I remember clearly that as we walked away from the conference room after hearing him, my friends and I decided to do something!

That was the moment when I started to care about improving the world, and that's the moment when I decided what to do with the rest of my life. It took time to really accepting it, but by the time I finish high school and had to choose a career, it was clear I wanted to study something to improve the world. Now, 10 years later, I'm still working to improve the world on a more than full time basis (and I love it!).

To be honest, Craig is my biggest hero... I've read two of his books and cried several times in each, not because there were sad stories there, in fact, he always talks about how hope arises even in the worst situations. What was really touchy to me, is to find how small actions make a huge impact. Heroes now days don´t need to have super strength or laser eyes, just being able to say the right words at the right time can change someone's life and make you his/her Hero. Craig did that to me in less than 2hrs. That talk might be little for him (as he gives talks all the time everywhere around the world!), but so far that talk has defined 10 years of my life, and I know what changed inside of me in those 2hrs will last for many years more.

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Comment by James Antle on March 10, 2010 at 5:50am
I can see how he inspired you. I've had the same thing happen to me. It's a good feeling, isn't it?
Comment by Sayel Cortes on March 10, 2010 at 6:18am
It's an awesome feeling man! It's so easy to miss the forest while planting a few trees that getting inspired like that really powers me up again!
Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 10, 2010 at 6:28am
thanks for sharing. have you contacted your hero about this? not the kind of message which implies that you need a reply. just a "thank you" note. telling him how he changed your life 10 years ago.
Comment by Sayel Cortes on March 10, 2010 at 7:14am
I was very excited when I found him in facebook a few months ago and I did left a "thank you" wall message in his profile. I know I won´t get a reply (he has 13000+ friends!), but reading all the "thank you" post he has and how he has changed so many lifes it's inspiring by itself so I'm glad to contribute to that with my own story at least =)
Comment by Jenn on March 10, 2010 at 7:41am
This is such a great story, Savel. Thanks so much for sharing it!
Comment by Nick Heyming on March 10, 2010 at 7:57am
I'm glad you were able to at least be one of the many voices commending him and expressing gratitude for what he does. Reaching people like you can have as big an effect as freeing children from child slavery, especially if you magnify that effect by becoming a social entrepreneur yourself.
Comment by Sayel Cortes on March 10, 2010 at 8:11am
I'm glad you liked the story.

I agree with you Nick in the magnify effect. Craig himself was inspired by the news about the murder of a child activist called Iqbal Masih. About this I like a quote Craig mentions in his book about "one young girl, Shenaz, who had been forced into bonded labour in a brick kiln, looked on [at Iqbal's body in his funeral] and declared, "The day Iqbal died, a thousand new Iqbals were born."
Comment by Karen L. on March 20, 2010 at 9:15pm
He changed your life and ever since you've been changing the lives of others too. Remember, Sayel, you too are a hero! : ) Good job Agent.
Comment by Carlo Delantar on March 21, 2010 at 9:39pm
Heroes arent born, they are made.
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 21, 2010 at 9:45pm
*applause* What an inspiring, courageous story YOU tell! +1 Courage YOU are a hero!

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