One of the greatest driving forces in all of us is to know that we have made a difference. Is that last minute push for the publish, or code fix going to matter for our customers? Will showing up at the soccer match for my child help him/her know that I am interested in them? What is it that we are doing in our day-to-day activities that makes a difference? Conversely, what doesn't make a difference (and then you can often see how you may get frustrated with those activities).
Years ago when I was completing my New Manager school training, the trainer left us with this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote:
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch of a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success."To know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is the meaning of success" served as my tagline in my Lotus Notes closing for years. It has served as one of my core values in how I approach my job and with everyone I have the privilege to interact.
Today, as I reread this quote that was created in the 1800s, I see that Ralph already knew what Smarter Planet is all about. This is also why I am thrilled to get behind the IBM Smarter Planet
So, question for you: How do you make a difference?
Comments/thoughts always appreciated.
Until next time,