Just saying the word suggests movement, change, action. As an entrepreneur I have a propensity for action. Act, do, evaluate, adjust, evaluate again and when all is well, I might start something else.
While this approach is unusual in academic circles, it is what happens constantly, in the society at large. Musicians act, do, change and evaluate all the time. That is what has given us Soca, Reggae, Garage. Gandhi famously said – “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
A catalyst is that thing which causes change or action. Sometimes it is hard to step out of the so-called comfort zone and take what might look like unusual action. In an academic focused world, it might be hard, but creatives, scientists and entrepreneurs do it all the time.
Your small action may be a catalyst for someone else.