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Mar 15, 2021

Be The Difference

By Glen J. Dalakian Sr.

Years ago, one of my mentors said, “if you want to be a leader, look where everyone else is going and go in the opposite direction.” One thing I can say about the most successful people I know is that they are different. And because they are, they usually make a difference in their business, community, family, etc. So what is different about you?

Change is inevitable, but some people change by happenstance, and some change by their own discipline. We are often not in control of what comes our way, but we can prepare so that when the unforeseen is upon us, we can handle it better. What makes successful entrepreneurs different? It’s usually their habits, which were developed not by accident, but by conscious effort. They searched for and found solutions in many circumstances and learned from those experiences. In some cases, they gleaned from the experiences of others, improving their own position with that wisdom.

The funny thing is, there is no secret here. People often know what to do, they just choose not to do it. Who isn’t aware that there is value in eating healthy, exercising regularly, reading daily, being financially frugal, developing good work habits, etc.?  But many of us (and, at times, I include myself in this) choose “the path of least resistance” or the “instant gratification” that feels good for the moment and has little or no long-term benefit.

Is there a difference you’d like to make? I believe to make a difference, you need to be the difference. Some may say you must “walk the walk,” and it’s true, but what is the difference that you want to make? Whatever it may be, here are a few tips to help:

1) Define and Focus: What do you truly wish to achieve?

2) Read and Study: Learn all you can about the idea you have in mind.

3) Seek Mentorship: Find people who have done what you wish to do and ask for their help.

4) Develop Your Plan: What steps need to be taken to get you where you want to go?

5) Take Action: Move in the direction of the difference you want to make.

6) Persevere: If you have achieved any goal of value, you know it was not easy.

7) Keep Going: Many people quit just short of their goal. Don’t let that be you.

What will making a difference look like to you? A more successful business? A new wing on a hospital? Bringing more people to church? Helping your favorite charity? Whatever it is, if it’s worth doing, then get to it and don’t stop! One day you will be able to look back and say, “I made a difference” and more importantly you will know it was worth it.

“Never start a business just to make money. Start a business to make a difference” – Marie Forleo