We all admire those great leaders who’ve made a positive difference in the world. People such as Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Princess Dianna and Winston Churchill. They will forever be remembered for their great achievements and contributions to mankind. As human beings we are naturally inspired by them, not because of what they have done, but because we see our own potential to make a positive difference in the world. Deep down we know we have the potential to create great change in the world like these great leaders.
With all the burdens of everyday life such as a full-time job, kids, bills, soccer games, and a mortgage payment how can we ever make a positive difference in the world? It was Mother Teresa who said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Our last name doesn’t have to be Lincoln, Mandela, or Churchill to make a positive difference in the world. We just have to do the best with who we are, with the time we have, and the skills we can use. Anyone has time to volunteer one hour a week to serve food at your local homeless shelter, pledge $2 a week to United Way, referee one game a week for the youth basketball league at the YMCA, or purchase a toy for a child for Christmas.
I believe we all can make a big difference in little time, I just hope you can find a little time to make a big difference.
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This was a guest post by Christopher Scott who authors the Nonprofit Leadership blog.