Being a pioneer — what does it mean? How do you become a pioneer? How do you pioneer a certain area?
In Soviet Russia there was a government-supported movement of pioneers. Every kid wanted to become a pioneer, and then a komsomol! Pioneers were young and very active people who wore red scarves and helped everyone everywhere. It was a large army of schoolchildren who were fighting for equity, justice and the common good. While always being at the frontier, they didn't forget those who were lagging behind and supported them.
That describes very accurately how I see pioneers today. If you are pioneering some field, it means you are active and passionate about it, and you are moving it forward. You do it by researching the past and inventing the future of the field, educating those who don't know much about it yet, and working together with other pioneers with the goal of improving the world we are living in.
Being a pioneer is close to the idea of leadership. Pioneers are leading the way through the dark forest so everybody around them could finally come to light. However, being a pioneer doesn't necessarily mean to be a leader. It's more important to just be extremely active, hardworking and passionate about your goals.
Are you a pioneer?