Many people believe that they don’t have what it takes to make a difference to the world. They believe only people like Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and the likes, are capable of making a difference.
The truth is, every one of us is put in this world to contribute and make a difference to the world in our own unique way. It need not be anything out of the world. It just needs to be something you do with the intention of ‘doing good’.
The following is a guide as to how small people like us can make a difference to the world.
How To Make a Difference
1. It Need Not Be an Enormous Task
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa
You already have what it takes to make the world a better place. Making a difference to the world may seem like an enormous task, but it is in fact the collective effort of everyone to make small contributions with a lot of heart.
The size of the contribution is not what matters most. The key here is to have the heart to do it.
2. Start Now
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
There is no one best time to start to make a difference to the world. You don’t need to wait till you have the time to share some love; you don’t have to wait till you make more money to share a slice of bread. Little efforts count, and you can start making small contributions today.
3. Your Contribution is Never Too Small
“Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” – Author Unknown
If you think that everything has been taken care of by somebody and your contribution is not going to make much of a difference, then you’re wrong. Can you imagine if everyone else starts to think the same way?
In fact, it is our responsibility to seek ways to contribute, large and small. You don’t have to be concerned you’re only capable of making small contributions. What counts is the effort.
4. The Greatest Gifts of All
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha
Happiness and love are the two greatest gifts you can give to the world. Too often, we’re too indulged in our own gratifications that we forget there are people in this world whom we can make a little happier and feel more loved.
As the saying goes, “To receive, you must first give.” The more you give, the more you’ll receive. Let us remind ourselves that in order to receive more happiness and love, let’s spread more of them first.
5. Empower Other People
“Abilities wither under criticism; they blossom under encouragement.” – Dale Carnegie
You can change the world by helping one person at a time. One of the ways to help someone is to empower the person. But how do you empower a person? Well, one of the ways is to be generous in giving praise and encouragement instead of criticism.
By praising and encouraging the person, you’d have helped him/her to accomplish what he/she is meant to be, and that would lead to more value being added to the world.
6. Seek to Make a Long-Lasting Effect
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” – Benjamin Disraeli
This is Mr Disraeli’s version of ‘give a man a fish; you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.’
The good that we seek to do will make more of a difference when there’s a long-lasting effect rather than a temporary effect. For example, if we make contributions to build a school, it will benefit many people for years to come.
And when more people receive education, they will in turn provide more value to the world.
7. Stop Whining and Do Something
“If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
All the whining and complaining in the world is not going to make a difference to the world. It will only drain you of your precious energy from doing things that do make a difference.
Instead of whining and complaining, seek to use the time more productively by engaging in activities that matter. When it comes to making a difference, nothing matters more than taking actions.
8. Lead the Way
“A good example has twice the value of good advice.” – Author Unknown
Other than doing things to make a difference, we should also seek to influence others to start doing things that make a difference. And the best way to convince other people is to lead by example.
Start doing whatever is within your ability today. Start showing more concern and love to the people around you. Start to make monthly donations to your favourite charity. Start putting more effort in your work to increase the value output.
Every effort counts, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem. Just do something, and do something good.
Do you have other suggestions on how we can make a difference to the world? Please share them in the comment section below.
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Question: How will obtaining a college degree enable you to make a positive contribution to society?
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." I have dreamed and I have looked into my heart and one day I hope to become a doctor where I will get the joy of saving lives every day. However, this will never be possible with out a Ph.D. and many years of college and training. Ever since I was in the fifth grade when I first began studying all the systems of the human body I've wanted to become a doctor. My father always encouraged this idea because of its intrinsic and extrinsic values. I could help and interact with people as well as obtain an endlessly beneficial education. I was always taught to think of others and when I imagine the helpless lives fighting to survive I feel obliged to help. I always knew I wanted to help others medically because I truly enjoy studying the human body and applying my talents to help others is the best contribution I can make. The past few months have been an eye opener to the expenses of college especially considering I will be staying in college for about 10 or 12 years before I actually become a certified physician. But I believe the final result of becoming a doctor and saving lives outweighs the expenses I face now. I wish to one day provide high-quality care from a quality education in order to take care of my patients.
As a physician I will not only be able to help cure and save people but I can also help research, teach, and train others. For example, my mother died when I was only 14 years old of lung cancer and I would love to help research and contribute to find a cure for cancer. The opportunity to prevent other people from suffering the loss of a loved one or suffering through chemotherapy and cancer would be an immeasurable joy. Also, once I receive a college degree and become a doctor I will be able to train other hopeful medical students and help them become life-savers. "When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge," from Confucius. I do not only want to use my talents and knowledge to save people, but to enlighten and teach other future doctors in order to ensure our world quality and care. In addition, I would have the chance to teach high school students, our future, about crucial ways to stay healthy. As a physician I could travel to conferences and take on interns looking to also enter the medical field. I believe your greatest gift is your health because without it you have nothing and I hope to help our society by ensuring every person with good health. With my knowledge and passion I will obtain a medical degree and inspire and cure others.
Please help my edit my essay for grammer, punctuation as well as my focus and any advice in order to make my essay the best so i can win this scholarship! :D
Hmmmm . . . I'd say you need to decide what sort of doctor you want to be, and focus your essay on that. For instance, "I would love to help research and contribute to find a cure for cancer" implies that you want to be a medical researcher. However, "I wish to one day provide high-quality care from a quality education in order to take care of my patients" implies something more like a general practitioner. The focus on saving lives of individual patients might imply that you wanted to be some sort of surgeon. It is not unusual for students entering their undergrad to not know exactly what they want to focus in, but the essay would be stronger if you just wrote as if you had settled on just one area of specialization. It's not like the essay is a binding contract that will prevent you from following a different course of study if you change your mind later on.
I have dreamed and I have looked into my heart and one day I hope to become a doctor where I will get the joy of saving lives every day .
"I could help and interact with people as well as obtain an endlessly beneficial education." Do you mean while you're in school or when you become a doctor?
The past few months have been an eye opener to the expenses of college, especially considering I will be
I do not only want to use my talents and knowledge to save people, but to enlighten and teach other future doctors in order to ensure our world quality and quantity care.
This sentence, (above) needs an overhaul.
In addition, I would have the chance to teach high school students, our future, about crucial ways to stay healthy and
I believe your greatest gift is your health because without it you have nothing and I hope to help our society by ensuring every person with good health.
This (above) sounds too dramatic, almost like you were running out of time and threw a lot of words together.
As a physician I will be able to not only help cure...
I moved "not only," do you like it better that way? No big deal.
This looks great, and it seems natural and honest. That is good stuff; i think it will make a god impression.
Maybe you will sound more realistic if you talk about wanting to find effective treatments for lung cancer rather than a "cure." In fact, maybe you should talk about cancer research in general. You might want to refer to an example of modern cancer research, just with a quick sentence, to show that you are actively learning. Here is one for your own, independent study that you do in addition to school work, because you know that is how to be a high achiever: clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/full/9/11/4077
Sounds like you have a clear vision of what you want to do with your life. Good job. A couple of minor suggestions:
"I would love to help research and contribute to finding a cure for cancer."
"'When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge,' from Confucius." Integrate your quote with the rest of the essay.