For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. - NewtonOne thing has become plainer to me in recent years: it is impossible to make a meaningful difference in someone else's life without making a meaningful difference in our own lives. It is impossible to make a meaningful difference in the world without being meaningfully different from the world. There is a reason quick fixes don't work -- you know, the kind of fixes that are easy and don't involve much change. And the reason is not that we haven't found the right "quick fix." The reason "quick fixes" don't work is precisely because they're quick fixes. When we weigh them on the scale of "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction", we get what we pay for with a quick fix. It's like a dieter who needs to lose 100 pounds and so skips dessert for a week: Nice sentiment but no real commitment; it's not going to do the job. All the places in which I've made any real difference have been years-long, even lifelong efforts. All the people I've seen who made lasting differences in the world began by being lastingly different themselves.