The title is a quote attributed to Ghandi, but he didn’t actually say it. I have no doubt he would have if he had thought of it. Even so, it’s a quote that has and continues to inspire people around the world. I read it to say don’t just talk, take action.

The quote comes from a longer statement from Ghandi including “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world also change.” He also implores the listener to change now and not wait to see what others do. Again, it’s a call to action.

Whatever you try may succeed, or maybe it will fail. Either way you need to take the first step to create change. This could be in your work, to better yourself, or to try and improve your community. Once you start, others may join in, thereby providing a better opportunity for the change being implemented to succeed. Even if you fail, you will learn, which will improve your chances for success in the future.

The point is to think of the change you want to see in the world and take the action necessary to bring it about. What the change is depends on you. Don’t let the challenge to change hold you back from starting because there’s no time like the present to take the first step.