Have you ever made a decision and had people look at you like you were crazy?
You know, the kind of look that says, ‘What in the hell is wrong with you?’ However, at the time, it was either your heart or your mind that told you it was the right decision to make?
I have. I’ll never forget walking away from a full-time job with great pay and good benefits in the midst of an economic downturn. I could have settled and showed up each day and done just fine for myself. It was what many would call ‘a no-brainer’.
But, I wanted something more. I didn’t want to settle, and I sure as hell wanted more than just showing up.
Do you feel the same way? Do you have a curiosity for life that drives you towards something more than the status quo? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone.
Difference Makers do Things Differently
A difference maker is someone or something that makes things happen – that challenges the norm and achieves success as a result of exciting, innovative thinking. It could be a person, an institution, a business, a brain-trust, a school – anyone or anything that operates in a system with other competing people or organizations.
- If you want your life to be more than average (in your own relative measurement), then it’s going to require that you do something different than what the average of everyone else like you is doing.
- If you want to work for a business that is more than average (relative to the market it’s in), then it’s going to require that you seek a company that strategically operates and differentiates itself from the competition.
- If you want to get a better than average education (relative to the education that other schools offer), then it’s going to require that you seek out the school that has developed innovative curriculum.
Difference makers not only make themselves better, but also the people and counterparts around them. I need only name a few people to grasp the idea – Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs. Or, how about a few companies – Apple, Amazon, and Uber.
These names and these companies were and are constantly re-evaluating, continually learning, and forever adapting.
You were put on this earth to be a powerful human being. I truly believe that you were put on this earth for a specific purpose.
That purpose that you’re here for – it’s the same for you as it is for me – to be a difference maker and to be a part of organizations that strive to do the same. It doesn’t mean that you have to develop a method that will alleviate poverty, or that the company you work for revolutionizes job equality.
You know what it does require? It requires you to be uniquely different – to use your skills, talents, and abilities to improve your own well-being and the lives of those around you.
And, when you begin to do that?
Well, you begin to think differently than a large majority of people.
And, guess what?
You become a difference maker.
- Thanks for my wife for inspiring this post – she lives and breathes the difference maker mentality.
- There is nothing wrong with wanting to be just average. In baseball, for example, the average hitter is successful 3 out of 10 at-bats – in that case, failing 7 times out of 10 is normal!