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.
Our family. Our friends. Our neighbors. Our co-workers. Our community members. These are the people that stand to grow and learn the most from our influence and our ideas. As Seth Godin said, “The rest of the world isn’t nearly as important as the few who are here.” Focus too much on the many who are not here and you lose the ones that are right in front of you. Don’t act backwards. Start by changing the lives of those who are around you, form deep connections that last (not superficial ones that hardly extend past formalities), and let that influence carry your legacy like a ripple from the center of your community and into the rest of the world.
Want to make a bigger ripple? Connection is the key. Connect with like-minded individuals who can help you make a bigger difference right from the stomping grounds of your own backyard. The size of the ripple multiplies with the size of the team of connected, determined, and readied minds. Read our top 15 favorite connection quotes below and start figuring out how you can broaden your network of connections and start making a real difference, with the ones closest to you, today.
“Communication is merely an exchange of information, but connection is an exchange of our humanity.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But”
“Everything you do has an impact. Who you are – that you are – actually matters. In an interconnected world (the only kind we have), our actions and the actions of others are inextricably linked- we are always and forever in a dance of mutual influence with those with whom we directly and indirectly participate. It is the unavoidable reality of being social creatures, only magnified by an ever-increasingly complex and interwoven societal structure. We matter to each other.” ~ Paul Greiner
“Think back to the most important experiences of your life, the highest highs, the greatest victories, the most daunting obstacles overcome. How many happened to you alone? I bet there are very few. When you understand that being connected to others is one of life’s greatest joys, you realize that life’s best comes when you initiate and invest in solid relationships.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters
“Carve your name on hearts and not on marble.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
“The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you brought to other people’s lives that you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.” ~ Harold Kushner
“When you hang out with whiners, pessimists, tweakers, bleakers, freakers-outers and life-is-so-unfairers, it’s an uphill climb to keep yourself in a positive headspace. Stay away from people with tiny minds and tiny thoughts and start hanging out with people who see limitless possibility as the reality. Surround yourself with people who act on their big ideas, who take action on making positive change in the world and who see nothing as out of their reach.” ~ Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass
“We get upset at other people because they don’t meet our ideals of how they should act. Instead, try accepting them for who they are, and recognizing that, like you, they’re imperfect and seeking happiness and struggling with finding happiness. They’re doing their best. Accept them, smile, and enjoy your time with this person.” ~ Leo Babauta
“No one else has had the same sequence of actions and reactions that have created your life and your realm of understanding. No one right now is thinking exactly like you do. You may, to the naked observer, appear to fit into a category, but that category most certainly does not define you. The only quality you share with every other human in the world is your personal understanding that you are just unique enough to operate independently, and just similar enough to others to, in turn, recognize this uniqueness in them.” ~ Unknown
“Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. One learns so much just from living a lifetime. Share that knowledge with the people you come across, it can only help them in their journeys. Even more important, share your failures so that others will not repeat them.” ~ Jordan Lejuwaan
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~ Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
“Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.” ~ Rachel Naomi Remen
“The key to the many is often the one; it is how you regard and talk about the one in that one’s absence or presence that communicates to the many how you would regard and talk about them in their presence or absence.” ~ Stephen Covey, The 8th Habit
“Open, honest communication is the best foundation for any relationship, but remember that at the end of the day it’s not what you say or what you do, but how you make people feel that matters the most.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness
“The whole world is inside each person, each being, each object. To know any part of the world deeply, intimately, is to know the whole world. Each of us, then, must find our own particular domain – that little corner of the world in which we can drill for gold. For the acupuncturist it is knowing the body through the language of Chinese medicine. For the painter, it is knowing the world through through paint and the canvas. For the writer, it is knowing the world through words.” ~ Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life
“Happiness only real when shared.” ~ Chris McCandless, Into the Wild
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Reflect: How do people feel when I leave their presence? Do they miss me or celebrate my absence? How can I deepen the connection I have with people? Who am I already connected to, that has similar ambitions, that I can start making bigger ripples with in the world, today?
Comment: Have you ever created something small, with the intention of doing good for a few of your close connections, only to see it ripple off into something bigger than you expected?