25 Ways to Make a Difference in the World Every Day

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The all-wise Socrates once said that, “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” In modern times, ex-Microsoft employee Scott Berkun says that, “We rarely need big things. As soon as someone starts talking about changing the world or radically reinventing something odds are good he’s talking from his ego, not his heart. Unless he’s working on bringing safety to the scared, health to the sick, or opportunity to the poor, the reinvention serves a want (or an ego), not a need.”

On Scott’s last day at work, an employee was moved by his final lecture and responded deeply in turn: “It takes a better man to acknowledge goodness in others than it does to merely be good oneself. Anyone can criticize or accept praise, but initiating a positive exchange is a hallmark of a difference maker.” Indeed, this is how the finest and most genuine legacies are made. With all of this in mind, please read the Tiny Buddha quotes below in order to make as much of a difference as you can each minute of every day.

#1: “Wake up.”

by Karen Maezen Miller

#2: “Make a difference in yourself, for the better such an inward difference always has to ripple outward benefits.”

by Hansoul Kim

#3: “Remember there are three poisons: greed, anger, and ignorance do not deny their existence but turn them around and you have generosity, compassion, and wisdom.”

by Clifton Bradley

#4: “Make it a habit to respect everyone.”

by Margarita Medina.

#5: “Consider the people you see each day: sometimes I get wrapped up in things I am working on—fundraisers etc. But the co-worker, family member, pet right next to you are the people you can truly reach and touch.”

by Amy E. Moore

#6: “Operate from a place of love.”

by Erika Gonzalez.

#7: “Be kind to others in this busy world people become self-consumed and forget that kindness goes a long way.”

by Ana Stuckart

#8: “Acknowledge the light within myself and in others not always easy to do but feels so powerful when I am able to do so.”

by Maria Thieme

#9: “Talk to someone that you think might be in distress you may make the difference of a lifetime.”

by Alexander De Raadt St. James

#10: “Simply show up just put your soul into it. If you show up physically with the soles of your feet, the heart, mind, and soul will have a chance to follow or catch up. You may not want to be there in the beginning, but showing up allows a committed chance at making a difference every day for the people you love, the people you will meet, and the eventual person you will become. Show up.”

by Holli Grant

#11: “Smile.”

by Seret Rafferty.

#12: “Be more involved in the world you can’t be spectator forever.”

by Christina Breeden

#13: “Be the change you wish to see in the world!”

April Spears paraphrasing Gandhi.

#14: “Be gentle and practice sympathetic joy.”

by Susan Cross.

#15: “Start really listening to the people around you “Your family for example. People crave for attention. People feel loved when given attention. . . . Give love. And listening is an act of love.”

by Leoni Erica Tayamen

#16: “Listen. Give. Do.”

by Phyllis Fenander.

#17: “Teach your kids by example be caring, open minded, have good manners and remember to smile.”

by Paivi McKittrick

#18: “Look into your child’s eyes stop what you are doing, sit down, and just look into them. Do that every day and you will change the world.”

by Noel Cocca

#19: “Be a true you . . . positive energy attracts.”

by Jane George

#20: “Love.”

by Stephen Kreins

#21: I quote the great Horatio Lee Jenkins: “Don’t worry—everything is going to be awesome!”

by Carl Dangers.

#22: “Find someone that needs a smile and give them that smile once a day for the rest of your life, and like a ripple in a pond, it will be carried onwards.”

by SoulLife Searcher

#23. “Speak without saying a word. A lot can be said without words.”

by Ralph Rocha

#24. “Learn to be aware of all the wonder we have around us, let the past be in the past and not part of the future. Choose life every day, be grateful for whatever you have, and most important share, share, share—spread as much love as you can.”

by Lula Insfran

#25. “Hakuna mattata, one love, pay it forward.”

by Kerin Colby




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