“We are all capable of contributing to he world in a way that makes a profound difference. A rare few go big. Make the big gesture. Take the big risk. Expose themselves on a grand scale. Create and then ride the big wave. But most of us, myself included, take a different yet equally valid path. It’s the path of the ripple. Simple actions, moments, and experiences. Created, offered, and delivered with such a purity of intention and depth of integrity and clarity that they set in motion a ripple that, quietly, in its own way, in its own time, expands outward. Interacting with, touching, mattering to people we’ve never met in ways we never conceived.” ~ Jonathan Fields, How To Live A Good Life
Social media seems to have developed a stigma, especially with certain folks, that it’s purely distractive and purely a waste of time.
…I admit that I’ve taken that stance before, but now I see that social media is not purely distractive or a waste of time, but rather is purely what you make it.
It’s a platform.
…Just like the raised surface that a person uses when they are trying to communicate an idea to an audience.
A person can stand up on a platform and say boring, irrelevant, energy draining things – or they can stand up and say exciting, interesting, action-oriented things.
It’s up to the person on the platform to choose what they want to say and it’s up to the audience to give them feedback as to whether or not they want to hear more or less of that in the future.
Give a person an audience and they will continue to say more of what captivated that audience. Take the audience away and they will quickly seek to change their presentation.
“Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world. It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.” ~ Meryl Streep, via Blog of Jonathan Fields
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~ Antoine De Saint Exupery, via Blog of Jonathan Fields
“There are those whose lives affect all others around them. Quietly touching one heart, who in turn, touches another. Reaching out to ends further than they would ever know.” ~ William Bradfield
By: Carmine Gallo
Book Overview: Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. This ability is the single greatest skill that will help you accomplish your dreams. TED Talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED―which stands for technology, entertainment, and design―brings together the world’s leading thinkers. These are the presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.
“When you deliver a presentation, your goal should not be to ‘deliver a presentation.’ It should be to inspire your audience, to move them, and to encourage them to dream bigger. You cannot move people if they don’t think you’re real. You’ll never convince your audience of anything if they don’t trust, admire, and genuinely like you.” ~ Carmine Gallo, Talk Like TED
“Leadership Law: Think of the reaction that you want first, then determine the actions you can take to maximize the chances that those reactions will actually happen.” ~ J. Keith Murnighan, Do Nothing!
Why do I wake up at 6am when I don’t have to be at work until 10am?
Why do I go to the gym and train every weekday morning when I could just train at night when I’m teaching Martial Arts classes?
Why do I read and write rather than play video games and watch TV in my spare time?
These are the questions that I reflected on this week as my sister asked me a simple, yet very complex, question for a project she was doing for school:
“…What moves you?”
What’s the fuel source that continues to provide my spirit with what it needs to keep moving forward day-in and day-out?
And the more I thought about it the more I realized that I am (and we are) majorly motivated (and de-motivated) by the people we surround ourselves with in life.
Just like Chris McCandless realized at the end of his journey in the book Into The Wild: “Happiness is only real when shared,” so too did I realize that: Continue reading
15 Eye-Opening Connection Quotes and How To Start Making a Difference in the World From Your Own Backyard!
One of our basic desires as humans is the desire to feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It’s our desire to feel as though we have contributed, that we have given back, and that we have made a difference in the world – so that we may find comfort in the way we have lived our life.
Too often, we get caught in the trap of thinking that if we can’t make a big enough difference in the world – then it’s not even worth trying. We play these wonderful, grandiose, and romantic images in our mind of how we can change the world… only to be confronted by the reality of how darn big the world really is! …And with limited resources and time, our list of blockades, challenges, and excuses tally up and ultimately immobilize us through frustration.
And when that happens… We miss our real opportunity.
No man stands alone. Through all the centuries of recorded time, men have set into motion influences that affect your life today…
You are the heir of the ages. Men reaching for the stars have created for you a world of wonder and challenge…
Living in you now are the ideals of the rugged soldiers of Valley Forge, the gallant Pilgrims, the daring explorers and pioneers, the fighters for freedom through all history…
On a more intimate note your mother, father, teacher, clergyman, friend have built their influences into your character…
More enduring than skyscrapers, bridges, cathedrals, and other material symbols of mans’s achievement are the invisible monuments of wisdom, inspiration, and example erected in the hearts and minds of men…
“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.” ~ Viktor Frankl, Brain Pickings
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.” ~ Nelson Mandela