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Small actions make a big difference

I was at a meeting for a charity I am involved with. A keynote speaker told us about all sorts of actions taken by individuals. Afterwards, there was a informal meeting. Over a drink, I got involved in a chat with someone. He was not as happy and positive as most. I asked him what was bothering him. I won’t go into all the details, but the essence of his frustration: all the examples given by the keynote speaker were so… tiny. But the worlds’ problems are HUGE.

“Big problems need big solutions”

In his mind, we needed to upscale our efforts to fix the worlds’ big challenges. Turning off the light to save carbon dioxide isn’t going to save the world. Sending a bag of rice to a  nation in famine will just mean people die a day later. Crime won’t be solved by some neighbourhoodwatch app. And so forth.

I tried to argue that small actions can cause big changes, but my arguments were lost for him. I still think that by turning off the light, or reducing the heating by half a centigrade I am making a difference. Not just the direct effect, but also the inspirational effect it might have on others. When I bought solar panels (PV) for my home, I was the first in the neighbourhood. Now I see them pop up more and more.

As long as your actions “touch” the right spot, they may work as domino’s.

Domino as a metaphore

Still not convinced? The professor in the next clip explains domino. I think my actions may work similarly. What do you think? Which small acts could you perform which have a great impact?

Still not convinced?


  • October 25, 2017 - 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I live by this moto!! I also say “be the difference you want to see in this world”!

  • October 26, 2017 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Love this post! Cool this part ‘domino as a metaphore’.

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