Show, don't tell.
It's an oft-repeated phrase that editors and teachers use to try to draw examples, details, and anecdotes out of writers. It challenges writers to provide evidence; to give readers stories that will resonate with them and remain in their memories. It's an apt metaphor for life, too. Showing provides proof. It's impactful — and perhaps We Day Atlantic's biggest achievement.
We can tell our kids "Be the change," or "Knowledge is power," but such phrases risk becoming cliché and losing meaning. However, if you put a man in front of them who has no legs and climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands, as We Day speaker Spencer West did, what better way is there to demonstrate what can be overcome with determination?