“The power is within us. Now all we have to do is teach ourselves how to believe it.”

Rob Taylor over at Rackspace sent me the picture above.

His nine-year old son wearing that Rackspace t-shirt I did for SXSW 2011.

“Life is short. Make it amazing”.

The kid just liked it, Rackspace or no Rackspace.

“I want life to be amazing,” he told his father.

Yes, even nine-year-old kids want their life to be amazing. Of course they do. Why wouldn’t they?

This is much bigger than Rackspace. This is much bigger than the Internet or web hosting or cloud computing or whatever it is that Rackspace does.

And it’s ESPECIALLY much bigger than gapingvoid or cartooning.

I may not be the most talented or famous or disruptive artist since Picasso. That’s fine; you’re not either.

But I’ve always believed, even before I started doing my work seriously, that art- that cartooning- can change lives for the better. Either individually or at a corporate level. Right here. Right now.

And you don’t have to be as big as Peanuts or The Simpsons or Dilbert in order to do so. Especially now that we have the Internet.

And what’s true for cartoonists is also true for your job.

You don’t have to be a rock star or a billionaire. We can all change the world, one small meaningful intervention at time.

Which is what the t-shirt was. A small meaningful intervention. No more, no less.

The power is within us. Now all we have to do is teach ourselves how to believe it.

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