Do you ever wonder if you’re actually making a difference?
We hear it all the time. To make a difference in the world we must make a difference to at least one person.
As bloggers, writers, and entrepreneurs, it’s easy to sum together all the feedback we’ve received from our audience/market and piece together a straw man of whom we’ve impacted by our work.
For example, I mainly write online about the importance of defining your life’s trajectory and putting action behind becoming the person you want to be. Every once and awhile I receive an email like this one (from a 60 year-old man):
I’ve spent most of my life living the life you are supposed to live. Then I got up four years ago and asked why. If you are unhappy in you job, and possibly your life then the choice is change it, or, well we won’t go there. So I’ve changed it, and for the most part very happily. I found you on medium, keep writing, I need it.
I’m not going to lie, it boosted my ego and validated my desire to keep writing and sharing my experiences with the world.
Notifications, emails, retweets, and likes are nice to receive. They make us feel good about our work. But are they good enough indicators to determine if we’ve made a difference in someone’s life?
Not at all.
Think about the last time a blog post or new product really made a significant difference in your life? The keyword being significant.
There have been plenty of times in my life when after reading an inspiring piece or listing to a motivational podcast, I thought my life would never be the same again. But for some reason I always fall back to my old ways. The excitement of discovering something new dissipates and vanishes from my interest.
I don’t have a key takeaway from this short vignette. I’m not even sure it will make a difference. I guess what I want is to see more creators, makers, motivators, and entrepreneurs be more honest with their intentions.
Are they in the business of making a difference in people’s lives? Or are people’s lives the difference maker for their business?
Think about it.
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Hello, my name is Declan. I’m a husband, father, writer, and founder of SHRPA.
My mission is to get 1,000 people serious about going after their goals and dreams.