Making a difference
We all want
to make a difference in some manner. We
want to impact our world in some noticeable way. We want to be remembered for something
remarkable, or as some professors say “get their foot note in history”.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to impact or influence our associates. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be remembered. But how we go about making that impact is important. There are no real shortcuts when you want your life’s work to matter. You have to put in the effort and the quality of work that makes a difference.
It is easy to get distracted and discouraged by failure or just a bad series of days, but these do not have to spell disaster. Honest character is vastly more important to making a change and indeed an impact than raw talent. True talent gets noticed but character leaves a sweater taste in the mouth that stays with you. I had a boss that told me that he did not mind a primadonna if they could sing. The rest of us might have a little issue with our own opinions. And it is true that they have an impact but is it truly the impression they desired to leave behind them?
Don’t let a series of bad days or even a year of not doing the greatest stop you from striving. Set your character first and let it speak for you. In the long run the message you leave behind will not be one you are scared will follow you home.