“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.” –Robert F. Kennedy
Significantly insignificant, or insignificantly significant? Which is true about you, me or the person on the corner?
In other words, and for example, if I just happen to not write my little Wednesday missive here and the day passes without a hint of someone “unhumping hump day”, would anyone really notice?
I’ll bet the world wouldn’t stop on a dime.
And yet, might one little thought shared herein, that someone took the time to consider, change the whole course of a person’s day, week or life? Perhaps. At least it’s worth a shot.
Look, I don’t presuppose that the fate of humanity is hinged on my little weekly note of inspiration. Nor, probably, does your particular offering–in whatever form you’re giving it today–make or break the future of mankind.
However, how are you ever to know if you don’t play full out as if it did?
And what does it really cost you to try? I little potential embarrassment? I touch of possible failure?
There’s an old story about a man throwing starfish, hundreds of which had washed up on the beach, one by one back into the ocean.
Another man came along and said “This is futile. Look at all of these starfish! You can’t possibly make a difference.”
He picked up another one and tossed it in, replying “It sure made a difference for that one.”
What action can you take today to fulfill on your unique role/voice/dream as if it truly made a difference?
“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.” –Henry David Thoreau
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.
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