Friday, September 27, 2013
“Can an Individual Make a Difference?” - Professor M.S.Rao
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” - Nelson Mandela
In one of my recent leadership training programs, a participant asked me ‘Can an individual make a difference?’ I responded as follows:
Society is a collection of individuals. When all individuals think of contributing to others, they can make a difference. When you look at Mahatma Gandhi he was an individual who mobilized people to achieve India’s independence. When you look at Martin Luther King Jr a civil rights leader, he was an individual who inspired people to work for the equality of blacks on par with whites. When you look at Mother Teresa, she was an individual who worked for poor and leper in India. Nelson Mandela made a difference by abolishing apartheid in South Africa. Likewise, we have a number of leaders who inspired and led their people to make a difference to the society. Hence, you can make a difference in the lives of others as an individual by leading from the front. Give something for others with a big heart. It helps the society prosper and you become great as well. Remember, you get what you give.
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” - Woodrow Wilson
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