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Stepping Up by John B. Izzo

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CHAPTER 10Who Am I to Step Up?

There are no extraordinary people, only ordinarypeople who do extraordinary things.

Mother Teresa

When people think about stepping up and creating change, they often ask, “Who am I to step up?” Of course I could easily turn that around and ask, “Who are you not to step up?” As I interviewed people who had stepped up, I increasingly was struck by the fact that stepping up is not about being extraordinary. In fact, I found that often those who stepped up were unlikely candidates.

Ken Lyotier is a case in point. By his own admission, at the time he began a recycling revolution and later created jobs for hundreds of homeless people, he himself was an alcoholic Dumpster diver in Vancouver making his living by salvaging ...

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