Famous Quote Analysis- "Be the change you want to see in the world"?

Question:What does the quote "Be the change you want to see in the world" -Mahatma Gandhi, truly mean?

I have asked many people about this quote but have gotten different answers.

Answers:
You've heard the saying, if you want something done, do it yourself. It relates so much to this quote. Similarly, it is telling us that change starts from ourselves. Just like global warming. If you want to stop global warming, start from your home. Segregate trash properly, check your appliances if they are environmental friendly, etc. Then you can tell your neighbors about it and start a local campaign. When they see what you do, others would probably follow as well.
to me its like this:

if u want something in the world to change, get off ur *** and do something bout it
It means basically to lead by example...if you want to see change in the world than you should initiate that change and live the way that you want others to live.
i think that because people are so diffrent then u will always get diffrent answers expecailly when asking what something means cause it could mean difrent things to diffrent people.

But i love that quote. to me it means that if you want somthing done you cant just wait around and hope that someone else will do it, you have to and can do it ur self!
It means if you want something to change...you have to change first... You can't go around waiting for everyone else to start because everyone else is waiting for someone else. So basically be an example!
if you want a change in this world,start it within yourself.remember the song "let there be peace"...it is said in there that "let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!"

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