Category Archives: Mind

How To Make A Lasting Difference in the World

Be Mastered – What It Means & Why You Need It

Hurrying down Kings Street, I could hardly wait to see the store. I don’t know what it was – I don’t know how or why the influence of man dead 38 years at the time had come to be so significant to me. What I knew was this: I had seen the Autobiography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a bookstore window and I was determined to have it.

MLKJ BOOK

A big hardcover book with a shiny jacket. To me – at the time – a tome.  I read everything – the front cover, the back cover, the printer’s information – everything!

“How did he accomplish what he did?”  “Could my life have such a significant impact too?” The more I read about his life and impact, the more I read to find his secret.

You can probably relate to the desire I had then as an eager 18 year old reading that book – filled with an ambition to make a meaningful difference in the world. Filled with a determination to not to waste my life. Yet, curious as to how exactly to go about it all.

I think I have found something that may help to guide us.

The more I read and observe those who have made an impact – in whatever field – the more I recognize that  if you want your life to count for something significant, then something extraordinary is required of you: you need to be mastered by something greater than yourself.

The Magnificent Idea

What do you need to know to make a lasting difference in the world? At least 10,000 things right? Maybe not. In Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper says something that hits the nail square on the head –  I think. You and I must be mastered by an idea. He said: 

You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are NOT the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing. If you want your life to count, if you want the ripple effect of the pebbles you drop to become waves that reach the ends of the earth and roll on into eternity, you don’t need to have a high IQ. You don’t have to have good looks or riches or come from a fine family or a fine school. Instead you have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things-or ONE great all-embracing thing-and be set on fire by them. (Emphasis mine)

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Are You Improving Your Mind? Here Are 3 Reasons Why You Should Be

Harness the Power of Your Most Central and Valuable Resource

It may sound odd (and a bit ‘airy fairy’), but I remember how absolutely amazed I was as a teenager when I came to the realization that “I can actually change my mind.” It blew me away.

How big, how wide,how expansive is your mind? Do you care for it? Protect it? Think about it? Feed it with great thoughts and ideas? How high/how far can your mind as it now is take you ? Photo by mitopencourseware
How big, how wide,how expansive is your mind? Do you care for it? Protect it? Think about it? Feed it with great thoughts and ideas? In its current state, how high/how far can your mind take you ? Photo by mitopencourseware

Sadly, like the flowers outside, the sun in the sky, and the not-at-all ordinary people we meet every single day, the fact that we can think – and from that activity:  grow and change – is something we too often take for granted.

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One Thing For Your Daily MUST DO List: Get Out of the Pile!

Activate This Amazing Attitude At Work or School and Watch the Results Roll In

Now this is a commitment you ought to make at the start, middle and end of every year: to get out of the pile! According to the Oxford dictionary, A pile is “a heap of things laid or lying one on top of another.” As you read, think about the definition.

At work, at school, in your relationships - are you just another pumpkin in the pile? Or are you out of the pile, and distinct because of your work and attitude? Photo by smee.bruce
At work, at school, in your relationships – are you just another pumpkin in the pile? Or are you out of the pile, and distinct because of your work and attitude? Photo by smee.bruce

I found this excellent tidbit entitled ‘Get Out of the Pile’ while reading a book entitled Thinking for A Change by John Maxwell.

The piece describes an attitude that, thankfully, I have tried to adopt for many years prior to my reading this book (my original influence was a simple verse). It really works. I have found in my own life that employers greatly respect and value this type of attitude .

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Decide On Your Destination: Create A Personal “Life Plan”

What You Can Do to Ensure the Future You Want is the Future You Get

I have come to believe that (as cliché as it may sound when asked) your ability to seriously answer the question “where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 or 15 etc years?” is actually pretty critical in determining the kind of life you will more than likely end up having.

Where are you headed? In 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? Have you made a personal life plan, or do you believe everything will just fall into place eventually? by Lori Greig
Where are you headed? In 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? Have you made a personal life plan, or do you believe everything will just fall into place eventually? Photo by Lori Greig

Many people stumble from year to year with little purpose, only to find out 10 or 15 years down the road that the dreams they had are now way out of their reach. Most people chalk it up to “bad luck,” “realities of life” and “just the way things go.” The ethos of this site though is that, in large measure, we get what we strategically, consistently, and energetically pursue.

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