127 Ways to Make a (Huge) Difference


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We all want to believe that who we are matters. We desperately want to know that what we do makes a difference.

That’s not odd.  It’s the way that we are made.  Our brains are made to search for meaning —  to find self-worth.

Like footprints through the timeline of destiny, we like to look back and feel assured that us being there made the world a better place.

“What did we do?  How much money did we amass?  How many awards did we win? What lasting value did we contribute to history?”

It’s actually a lot easier than that.  Changing the future for those around you isn’t about mind-blowing  invention, legendary awards, or vested stock options.

It’s the small things that make a different.  It’s a lifetime of details expertly managed.

Here are a few (small) ways to make a (huge) difference:

  1. Open the door for a stranger
  2. Smile at those around you
  3. Be a mentor
  4. Say, “Thank You”
  5. Assume the best in others
  6. Fail gracefully
  7. Learn from your mistakes
  8. Try something new
  9. Practice being vulnerable
  10. Stop whining
  11. Listen to your critics
  12. Decide to be optimistic
  13. Fear less
  14. Get into financial shape
  15. Ask more questions
  16. Be kind
  17. Donate time to charity
  18. Read a new biography
  19. Let yourself be inspired
  20. Teach what you’ve learned
  21. Do something outrageous
  22. Lead someone
  23. Give an opinion when it’s hard
  24. Think for yourself
  25. Pay off debt
  26. Care about others
  27. Put in more effort
  28. Chose a side
  29. Pay attention to the details
  30. Ask for help
  31. Pay more for quality
  32. Be a friend
  33. Tell the truth
  34. Lend a hand
  35. Do physical labor
  36. Put in some exercise
  37. Let past mistakes go
  38. Brag on someone else
  39. Decide not to get angry
  40. Be invincible
  41. Share more
  42. Explore new ideas
  43. Be more efficient with your time
  44. Love someone
  45. Be more effective with your talents
  46. Stop playing politics
  47. Have a dream
  48. Meditate on your goals
  49. Plan to be successful
  50. Get up an hour earlier
  51. Pursue your goals each day
  52. Be an expert
  53. Write down your thoughts
  54. Make a list of tasks to get done
  55. Stop explaining “why”
  56. Apologize more
  57. Live with honor
  58. Decide to take action today
  59. Stay mentally strong
  60. Feed your inspiration
  61. Practice getting back up
  62. Put yourself in tough places
  63. Avoid the crowd
  64. Fight mediocrity
  65. Cry when you hurt
  66. Stop being passive aggressive
  67. Laugh at life
  68. Have a purpose to each day
  69. Find answers to your questions
  70. Go to bed tired
  71. Don’t stop until you finish
  72. Be accountable
  73. Ask “what you can do better”
  74. Be passionate about others
  75. Work on your biggest weakness
  76. Give a stranger flowers
  77. Pay attention to the conversation
  78. Replace “No” with “No Thanks”
  79. Hold the elevator door
  80. Appreciate differences
  81. Let someone else get the attention
  82. Compliment a great idea
  83. Be less selfish
  84. Listen with your eyes
  85. Work on being  p-a-t-i-e-n-t
  86. Ease someone else’s pain
  87. Say what’s on your mind
  88. Slow down (for a minute)
  89. Demand brutal analysis of your actions
  90. Have a big vision for those around you
  91. Create what’s missing
  92. Imagine the possibilities
  93. Defend your friends
  94. Stay in mental shape
  95. Care enough to cry
  96. Remember the good times
  97. Write a kind note
  98. Over look immaturity
  99. Give away your best idea
  100. Offer to help for free
  101. Care less about “being right”
  102. Stop being offended so easily
  103. Have a plan
  104. Schedule time to invest in others
  105. Value your own time
  106. Offer encouragement
  107. Share a good example
  108. Inspire others quietly
  109. Shake hands while looking that guy in the eye
  110. Offer to buy dinner or dessert
  111. Make a call because “you’re thinking about them”
  112. Don’t do anything halfway
  113. Decide to learn from everyone
  114. Welcome diverse perspectives
  115. Do good things for the right reason
  116. Shake off the straws (before they break your back)
  117. Don’t go to bed angry
  118. Get help for your head
  119. Let life happen around you
  120. Deliberately invest in healing
  121. Enjoy others’ success
  122. Make a big deal of small wins
  123. Decide if caring is more important that winning
  124. Share your failures unblemished
  125. Put in the effort you expect of others
  126. Anticipate  the success of others
  127. Ask others to “pay it forward”

Bonus 128.  – Be a better “you”…

It’s not all you doing something.

“It’s you being.”

You can only “do” so much.  But you can “be” a difference 1,000 times today.  And just imagine if you did that every day for the next year?  You might effect a million different outcomes for the better.

Now think about that 30 years from now.

“What would happen if we didn’t waste the next 30 million small opportunities to make a difference?”

How much could we do?  How many lives could we change?

Are you ready to get started?

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Dan Waldschmidt
Speaker, author, strategist, Dan Waldschmidt is a conversation changer. Dan and his team help people arrive at business-changing breakthrough ideas by moving past outdated conventional wisdom, social peer pressure, and the selfish behaviors that stop them from being high performers. The Wall Street Journal calls his blog, Edge of Explosion, one of the Top 7 blogs sales blogs anywhere on the internet and hundreds of his articles on unconventional sales tactics have been published.


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