Could you change the world?

How special do you need to be to change the world? Not very, it seems. Take the case of Travis Price. Travis was a high school student in rural Nova Scotia when he started something that has rippled round the world.

Travis and his friend David Shepard saw a school mate being bullied – because he was wearing a pink shirt. So they went out and bought 50 pink shirts from a discount store, hoping to get a few students to wear them as a protest against bullying.

They had no idea that hundreds of students at their school would turn up in pink shirts. Or that thousands of students across Canada would turn out for Pink Shirt Day. Or that the United Nations would declare an Anti-Bullying Day, which would be recognized by more than 25 countries around the world.

Travis is now 25, and a sought-after keynote speaker. He was one of the stars at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers’ annual convention in Halifax last week.

Travis told his audience that part of his inspiration was a quote from 19th century American author and clergyman Edward Everett Hale. Hale said: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”

More than a century later, the schoolboy from rural Nova Scotia decided that he could do something. He did what he could… and the world embraced his idea.

Here are a couple of quick quotes from Travis’s keynote:

“Your voice is the most powerful weapon in the world.”

“Save someone through your passion.”

“You can be someone’s superhero.”

If you want to support Pink Shirt Day and raise a voice against bullying, wear pink on February 24.

If you want to change the world, like Travis Price did… well, how about today?