Small Becomes Large

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

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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?

"Because Your Potential Matters!"

What Will It Take?

by David Wright

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible,
then they seem improbable,
and then
when we Summon the Will,
they soon become inevitable.”

– Christopher Reeve

For any endeavor we launch, or goal we wish to accomplish, the quest begins with the question, “What will it take?”  If you Google the phrase “what will it take” you will find thousands of documents projecting what must take place to make things happen.

I have spent a lot of time throughout my life answering that question personally and professionally.  When working with clients there are six questions we normally ask to answer that one question.  Those questions are: Why?, Who?, What?, Where?, When? and How?  Yet, there is only one key element that really matters.  It is the foundation stone that makes the seemingly impossible become inevitable.  And that is where our journey to an exceptional life begins.

As a young boy one of my interests was space travel.  Technology was giving us the ability to actually do the things I read about in science fiction novels. Living in Florida at the time I heard about the space race repeatedly.  When there was a launch from Cape Canaveral, later named Cape Kennedy, class was dismissed so we could go onto the playground and watch the rocket climb into the heavens.  Watching those launches always inspired me to believe that anything was possible.

Space age technology brought about innovation that impacted, and continues to impact, every area of life.  So how did we get there?  What were the events that came together to inspire us to achieve these lofty goals?  The following story gives us some insight.

President John Kennedy had challenged our scientific community to put a man on the moon within ten years.  While talking with Werner Von Braun, one of the lead scientists on the project, President Kennedy asked him what he thought it would take to accomplish this goal.  Dr. Von Braun could have discussed all the scientific discoveries that would need to take place.  He could have detailed for the President the enormous amount of money that would have to be invested.  Instead this brilliant man’s answer to President Kennedy was simple – and true.  All it would take, he said, was “the will to do it.”  How right he was.

The will to do it – the one key element that really matters.  For all of our ideas and plans it is the determination to see it through that makes the difference.  What are you “willing to do?”