Making a Difference: Six Payoffs That Money Can’t Buy

I couldn’t resist sharing this video with you today…

An ordinary guy in an ordinary world living an ordinary life – but making an extraordinary difference.

Lean back, enjoy this 3-minute video and discover the six priceless payoffs he receives that money can’t buy!

This is why I do what I do… and if I start thinking about it, I can add quite a few more!

What are your favorite personal payoffs of your work and mission as a difference maker?

How not to give up too soon

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“Knowing that you’re called is a more trustworthy gauge for future success than seeing immediate results.” – Eva Berger


Today’s topic: What to do when a calling you’re trying to live out doesn’t seem to have results.

It’s something I’ve had to deal with personally a few times and I know how discouraging it can get. What I experienced, in the end, was very positive, though, and this is why I want to share with you some of my thoughts on it. 

Just the other day I went for a coffee with a dear friend of mine. In our conversation, she shared with me how she was very passionate about practicing Shiatsu (a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan) but recently had gotten rather discouraged. 

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10 Powerful Vitamins for Difference Makers

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As we all know, vitamins are vital nutrients that our bodies need to work properly. Depending on which vitamin, a lack of them in our body may be the cause of a weak immune system, fatigue, tiredness, bodily functions not working properly – not to mention the development of serious illnesses, like diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure etc. 

That principle of making sure to absorb enough vitamins to strengthen the body can also be applied to our soul and spirit.

I can definitely tell when I’ve been “junking out” mentally and spiritually and haven’t been giving my soul the proper nourishment that it needs! I feel like I don’t have enough strength to do the things I want to do, I feel more burdened and I get irritated more easily.

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Getting Back On The Path To Purpose

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With this post I’d like to share a little bit about what has been going on in my life and what I’m learning, in the hopes that it will encourage you if you are facing something similar!

In “our tribe” of difference makers, life is a lot about doing things, implementing projects and working hard to make a difference in whatever way we feel called to. Yet, it is also closely connected to who we are as a person and our personal lives have quite an influence on how much we’re able to give and do!

So here’s my story…

These past two months have been turbulent ones for me. Things in my personal life have changed drastically, bringing with it great emotional distress. I’ve also relocated to another area recently.

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Lighting up the globe

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“Every time someone chooses compassion over indifference, good has triumphed and the world is different.” – Anonymous
 

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Mauro. His story is a story of the triumph of kindness and compassion over carelessness, indifference, and cruelty – of people that care for the unwanted and mistreated with respect and dignity, people that value and treasure life, no matter how it shows up. 

Although he’s no longer around I feel compelled to let the world know about Mauro’s story. It demonstrates how even one little act of kindness can make a whole lot of difference in the world. These simple, seemingly small acts are what change the world – in ways we might not even imagine! 

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Pressing SNOOZE on your purpose?

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Some of the statements that I hear often in my world are about how bad of a state our world is heading towards. How good the old times were. How today’s world is on a speedway heading for destruction, with all the fast changes, global challenges, environmental problems.

What a paralyzing, frightful, disheartening realization. For sure, watching the news every day, browsing Facebook and Twitter updates from people, listening to what people say one might easily come to that conclusion. We hear about children being abused, abandoned and used for child labor. Women’s rights in different countries are non-existent. The rainforest gets smaller every day. Certain animal species are becoming extinct. Poor people are everywhere, and the gap is getting bigger between the rich and the poor. Millions and millions of refugees are flooding the Western countries. There are millions of people, young and old, that are illiterate and have no possibility to access education that would help them out of their misery. And not to mention the tragic stories of sickness or family tragedies in our neighborhoods. Yes, this all sounds pretty bad.

But… is this really the whole truth?

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What spending time with family taught me about being a more effective difference maker

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Today I want to share with you an experience I’ve recently had that taught me the importance of making sure our cup is always filled to the brim. 

Rewind to about a month ago when I decided I was going to travel and spend some time in Austria (where I originally come from) with my adorable nieces and family. I love seeing them all but I usually go there with mixed feelings. Mixed because on one hand, I love to be fully immersed in their lives and what’s going on when I’m there. On the other hand, I quickly get tired physically (and I’m only 35 at this point in time!) and mentally because I find myself fully immersed in the constant-on-demand situations that present themselves there. 

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