We are born, filled with curiosity. Our desire to know drives us to experience, to touch, to taste and to do. As we succeed or fail, get encouraged or scolded, we learn, modify, and develop beliefs. As time passes by, we get immersed in the routine of everyday life. Year after year, we practice the unfounded beliefs, the prison build by our own hands until we forget that we "can" do what we "should" do.
To be a sun, or to be a shadow,
To be shining or to follow!
It is simply a matter of choice.
How do we learn something and remember it forever?
When were you most passionate about learning?
In most instances, it could be when you were in search for an answer and the person who had the answer made you think, create your own thoughts and triggered greater desire for more information. Hence, it is with the same approach that this session was conducted – to engage everyone in a discussion to extract information for learning.
Before we can begin our discussion about How to Make A Difference, we need to understand that we all understand it the same way. Difference refers to a change in the routine (following what is usually done) of one’s / others’ life in an ethical manner
Why do we need to make a Difference?
There are many reasons to why people make a difference. It could be because they:
Making a difference can take on different approaches. For some, they begin with the end in mind. They may question their purpose on earth and the difference that they can make given what they have. For others, it is part of the journey. They make a difference when they spot the opportunity to do so. Yet, a difference can also take place without our realization. As we transition through the different stages of our lives, we are changing our routine. Many things such as our choice of friends, our experience, change of perspectives and reflection can influence it. Even when we decide to switch jobs or change the way we approach matters, we have chosen to make a difference in our own lives.
The quality of life we have or the impact we have made is measured not by the amount we earn but by the amount of change we make. All of us have our unique strengths and talents, which we can use to make a difference. Joseph Schooling made a difference with his, and his achievements gave people hope, and showed them what perseverance, grit and resilience meant.
Making a difference does not have to be on such a large scale. It can be small difference that we make, like reflecting on our experience and the way things have been done so far. Then, questioning what we do not enjoy about it and what we can change to make the experience a better one for ourselves, and for others involved. In the instance of learning, students prefer to be engaged in a discussion as it pikes their interest. The change in student engagement can lead to greater learning and make for a more meaningful teacher-student relationship.
We are all empowered to make a difference. However, sometimes we tend to think of the world as a box with boundaries. We see it as something that has been set for us and we simply follow the rules and embark on the common trajectory of life. Have we stopped to question who it was that made all these rules and boundaries? People who are just like us have made them. So let us not allow these to limit our abilities to create our own impact and change or shape the boundaries to make our lives positively different.
Tools to Make a Difference
It is true that we can only give what we have, but we have plenty to give. This extends beyond material goods to knowledge, physical strength, words, love and more. We can also acquire things to give to make the difference that we want. For example, a lady discovered her ability to sense a change in behavior. She detected depression symptoms in people but was not adequately equipped to help. Thus she took up a counseling diploma.
Different tools that can help make a difference include:
Resilience does not come with rationality and credibility. It comes with passion. With that, each failure is not considered a failure but a feedback for constant improvement. For these, we have plenty to learn from the likes of Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs, amongst many others.
The 5 Things That You Must Have to Make a Difference
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