Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great.
All these centuries later, his discoveries are still with us. He changed the world. He is a terrific example of the belief that one person can make a difference. One person can influence events; provide breakthrough thinking and inspire generations for centuries.
The idea of one person making a difference set me on the path of thinking of the all the philosophers, artists, scientist, mathematicians and inventors who have changed, shaped, guided our world to where it is today. Granted, most of the ‘influencers’ I’ve never heard of and know nothing about. However, that does not preclude me from experiencing and enjoying their contributions to humanity – directly or indirectly.
Electricity, the printing press, the wheel – each contributing to the life we enjoy living today. Will each of make that level of contribution to society? Of course not. And yet, I believe that each of us does change the world by our presence. Sure, it’s the big shifts that capture the attention, yet think of the contributions that others have made in your life – a special teacher, someone you admired and wanted to be like, an athlete that inspired you to be more than you thought you could be.
Yes, one person does make a difference to the world and that person is you. You are someone else’s world.
I’m reminded of a powerful question: If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?
Remember, living life begins when you step outside of your comfort zone.