Tiny Seeds of Success and Significance
Successful people often recall seminal moments that changed their lives. At the time, these events often seemed small. It was only after the fact that they realized how a small event was actually a BIG life-changing moment. The clarity that comes from experience and 20-20 hindsight can reveal the true impact of many small events. Get out your magnifying glass as we take a look closely at small things that molded big people.
From Farmhand to Philosopher
The late Jim Rohn’s destiny shifted at the age of 25, the day he met his mentor Earl Shoaff. “Little did I know how this encounter would change my life…” This meeting preceded many mentoring moments that shaped a lump of clay into “America’s Foremost Business Philosopher.”
Small Moments Bigger Than a Tornado
Ed Thomas, football coach and author of “The Sacred Acre” points to three simple lessons taught by his parents. These not only stuck with him, but formed beliefs that led to inspiring attitudes, that led an entire community to regain hope, that led to the rebuilding of Parkersburg, Iowa after it was leveled by an EF5 tornado.
“…the greatest power God gives any of us is the power to choose.”
“Adversity not only reveals character; it shapes it if we let it.”
“When you make the right choice, adversity becomes a tremendous opportunity
rather than a problem to be solved.”
Coach Thomas first applied these philosophies in his role as head football coach. Who would have predicted their importance in the wake of a tragic event?
The Wall of Gratitude
One of Zig Ziglar’s favorite life-changing stories was the day P.C. Merrill took him aside and said, “You can be a great one… if, you believe in yourself and go to work on a regular schedule.” Zig believed these words and the rest is history. That is, until 1972, when an elderly black woman, who was a weekend house guest, led him to Christ. He said, “My savior came into my life in a very real way that weekend. I’ve always been grateful that she was not prejudiced.” Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, I think it’s easy to recognize the significance of this moment in Zig’s life. Zig is gone from this life, but his countless so-called “small things” are becoming bigger by the minute.
Zig’s “Wall of Gratitude” honors people who were part of his life-changing moments. If you were to create such a monument, who would be included and what moments would they represent? The questions below could help you decide.
Questions About Life-changing Moments
Are life-changing moments accidental matters of coincidence or could these apparent accidents be divine gifts? Can we engineer these moments by the choices we make? Or is it that our choices are merely the means by which we accept divine gifts? Who has entered your life to deliver a divine gift?