What you do matters…

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

Sheryl Sandberg

Yesterday someone came up to me and told me how much they enjoy receiving the daily quote and that they share them with a friend every day.  She said that a few weeks ago her friend messaged her late in the day on a Sunday afternoon to find out why she hadn’t sent her the quote yet.  She was laughing when she told me this and said, “so I logged in to my work email so I could forward the quote to her even though I was off of work.”

When I was listening to this I was struck by the fact that I really have no idea who gets the daily quotes, who reads this blog (if anyone), and if those things make any impact on the lives of others.  Hearing that it mattered to just one person is such powerful affirmation that the effort we put forth really matters.  I have long held the belief that if by doing these things only one person is ever impacted that it is worth the effort.  

I have been blessed to work with some incredible leaders over the years.  Those whom have inspired and impacted me simply through their presence and the leadership example they created through their actions and behaviors.  A certain few of them I haven’t seen in almost 20 years, but their influence on my life and leadership carries through to this day.  When I think about great leadership impact I think of these individuals and how they, simply through their presence and actions, cast such a such a powerful influence on myself and I am sure many many others over the years.  

My point to all this rambling is this.  Show up.  Be authentic.  Genuinely care.  When you do these things it will matter to someone.  You might never know the impact but your presence will be felt.  And one day, someone will share with you how it matters and they in turn will inspire you to reach further and do more.  Your effort matters…

Life is not transactions…

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

William James

This quote reminds me of the dangers of carrying a transactional viewpoint on people, life, and work.  The problem is that it is just so easy to get caught up in the activities of life and forget that we aren’t here to simply transact. 

A transaction is nothing more than an exchange of something I have, for something I want and the worldly measure of success says that if we get more than we give we have won.  But when you focus on giving, on providing more value in return than you have received, you open the door to really making a difference in the lives of others.  

Below is one of my favorite videos of all time and it does an incredible job showing how every person has a story.  Everyone should be treated with dignity, honor, and respect and you might never know the impact your smile could have on their day.  

What you do matters, and the difference it makes to another person might just mean all the difference in the world…

 

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