“Change the World” or “Bring Impact to One Person”

leverBigCornersLately I have been thinking a lot about the struggle many of us have because we want to “change the world.” For us we keep looking for that really long lever that Archimedes was talking about so that we can move the world. We have tried it all, social media, blogging, webinars, and the like. But what if we stopped and reflected on how change actually occurs?

What if your job isn’t to change the world, but to impact one person? What if the impact of that one person was so deep that their life influenced someone else, and that person influenced someone else, and (well you get the picture).

Too often we go in to an engagement, organization, program thinking we are going to bring about some massive shift, and leave disgruntled because we haven’t seen the outcomes we desired.

What would happen if you stepped back and recognized the impact on one single person? Would you be happy knowing that your influence has made things better for that one person?