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Happiness Experiment No 37: make a difference

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahtma Gandhi

Most people would agree that changing the world for the better would be a good thing to do but where should you start?  Ending world poverty, creating world peace, ending discrimination, saving the environment they are all important goals but what difference can I make? Stephen Covey, the famous author of The 7 Habits of Effective People argued that “.. one person can be a change catalyst, a ‘transformer’ in any situation, any organization.  Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf.”  Making a difference can start with one person and that one person can become a small group. Each of those small groups had one person who inspired them.  As Margaret Mead said:

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of people to change the world. In fact, it is the only way it ever has.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson stated that: “The purpose of life is not to be happy.… Read the rest...

What is the work you can’t not do?

Henry David Thoreau – “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

 

As we start to approach the end of 2012 many people are probably looking forward to a New Year and asking themselves whether they can face spending another whole year in a job which makes them feel as though they are living a “life of quiet desperation”.  If you are someone who has lost the passion for your work, but can’t figure out what you would like to do in the future you might like to take a look at this new TEDx video by Scott Dinsmore who created the website Live Your Legend.

How do you wake up feeling inspired every day?  How can you find the work that you can’t not do?  How can you encourage yourself to take the road less travelled?

Scott argues there is a 3 step framework for finding the answer to these questions:

1. Find your unique strengths. Use Strengthsfinder 2.0 as a starter.

StrengthsFinder 2.0

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