Why you matter – Realizing the power of your influence
I call my blog Despicable yet Wonderful You for one simple reason: We as humans do several despicable things in our lives, but within each one of us is an amazing individual with countless possibilities and unlimited skills set that can carve out a unique and fantastic life.
This “wonderful” you is just one amongst the 7 billion on this planet, but within your world of friends, family, community, work, and society, you are seen as one single individual who is unique in many ways. And this unique individual that you are has an unique identity, attraction, personality and traits that differentiates you from the rest. You often fail to recognize and truly understand what this truly means to you and how this uniqueness can lead to greater things in your personal life.
A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes himself. ~ Alexander Graham Bell
Allow me to elaborate what I mean by your uniqueness a bit further for you. You posses adynamic and organized set of characteristics that uniquely influence your cognitions, emotions, motivations, and behaviors in various situations. Thus you in some way have the ability to stand out as an individual by exercising your unique physical appearance, and personality and by doing things that you choose to do differently and hence shape your respective lives much differently from that of others. Hence even identical twins end up being uniquely different from each other and have totally different outcomes in their respective lives. This unique ability in each and every single one of us, has lead many individuals to do several great things in their respective lives that has lead them to become great people. Some have done great things within their individual small social circles and families, some have done greater things for the world, many have achieved great things for their own lives, and some set out to do greater things that shaped our world of science, politics, religions, economies, technologies and humanity. People who are very similar to us in many ways yet by exercising their ability to make unique choices, conjure up an unique will power and thinking differently to stand out, they have managed to become lot more successful in their lives. People just like you, yet uniquely different and lot more successful in their little lives.
Developing your individual Purpose
What primarily differentiates such successful individuals from us is the drive, choice and above all the purpose they find they need to fulfill in their lives. We are people who constantly endeavour in a firm mission to make our life worth while and with purpose. Every living hour of interaction with other people, nature and life is merely a process of brining purpose to our action in which we seek some deep satisfaction as we invariably carve our own individuality. Our experiences, interactions and the resulting choices we make against the obstacles and challenges in life makes us exercise our individual paths in life that is often driven by a unique purpose. Every one of us have been created uniquely with unique skills, capabilities, thought processes, and characters. But finding the unique purpose that we will fulfill is something that we have to seek, develop and accomplish ourselves. No one is going to do it for us. In order for us to understand this we first need to realize the power of our individual influence and develop it.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ~George Bernard Shaw
The world of tomorrow, and the people who will live then, will live a life that has been shaped by the actions we take today. Your habits and beliefs were shaped by your surroundings and the people you interact with. Similarly, we live our life today which is highly influenced by a hand full of individuals who made great contributions, inventions and discoveries. The moment we realize this simple fact and make a choice to exercise our existence to make a good influence to humanity we find purpose.
Your unique individual power and influence:
But the greatest purpose is to achieve something and leave behind something great that others shall benefit from and perhaps grow it further. And such actions are driven by challenging the norm, based on high principles, discipline and clean and greater purposes that benefit a greater cause in our lives. While the 7 billion indulge in mundane criticism, blaming the world for its ills, and take solace in monotonous mediocrity, the individual who chooses to fight the challenges in an effort to change the status quo and sets out to fulfill his or her unique purpose makes all the difference in this world. This is the individual who still isn’t very different from us in many ways becomes the 1 in the 7 billion who due to their individual choice and the determination to be different from the rest.
There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission – a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour. ~ Sir Winston Churchill
How you think, process any given information, make your choices and react is unique to you. And this shapes your world in several ways than you can truly comprehend. You influence people and many other greater things in life by these unique and individual reactions and choices you make. This individual identity of yours fulfills a unique purpose in the grand scheme of things in life. That is your unique footprint and influence you exert that permanently leaves behind a series of emotions and reactions. Hence your individual self matters a lot more than you realize. Your influence on people and things in this world often matters a lot more to others than you can possibly imagine. And hence you need to truly understand and take responsibility towards your actions and reactions constantly to make a better and good impact on your life and world you life in.
You have the power to make a unique difference by your individual choices and behaviour. You matter! Your contributions to your immediate surroundings, your friends, family, siblings, children who look up to you, and on a macro level: mankind, world, and everyone you touched in your life makes a difference and has a consequent reaction and lasting impact. You matter, your influence matters, your identity and personality is much more powerful than you realize. So, make it worthwhile and let your influence be a positive one in this world that helps others become better and achive great things. Your world begins with your unique touch.Be known for influencing greater things!
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ~ Steve Jobs