Who is Jin? She describes herself as “a young South Korean female” and that she “wanted to hitchhike and see the universe. But I changed my mind and decided first to see more of this world.” Why is she relevant, what is she doing? Beginning in September, 2011, she’s biking around the world.
1. This is a reminder of that question: why are we not doing exceptional things?
2. As a friend commented, “The website, incidentally, is wonderful, and I’ve loyally followed it for over a year […]” And he’s right … it’s wonderful.
3. As I write this, her last update — 30th March, 2013 — was from Francistown, Botswana, and I only wish I’d noticed this (been following the updates) earlier, as that’s where my brother lives. He is off making the world better.
4. A list …
- 100 People Doing Extraordinary Things (2012 Edition)
- Mediocre People Do Exceptional Things All the Time (a bit too ‘business-motivational’ for my tastes, but still …)
- John Kerry’s Speech: Full Text From the Democratic National Convention: “Our opponents like to talk about “American exceptionalism,” but all they do is talk. They forget that we are exceptional not because we say we are, but because we do exceptional things. We break out of the Great Depression, win two world wars, save lives fighting AIDS, pull people out of poverty, defend freedom, go to the moon—and produce exceptional people who even give their lives for civil rights and human rights.”
- “How to overcome mediocrity? | A conversation on TED.com
5. So I ask again, why are we not doing exceptional things?