One starfish at a time

Star fish What have you accomplished in your life?

What are you planning to accomplish?

How will this measure up to what other people have accomplished?

There are likely to be people who accomplish more than you and people who accomplish less, right?

Does it matter?

All of these questions came to mind after listening to the audience reaction to inspirational speaker Marcus Orlovsky.
Marcus is a remarkable person who has achieved many things that most us only dream about (the sub-text of his talk is Dare to Dream).
Some of the audience members were inspired and fired up but, faced with such prodigious talent, such motivation and such drive, others felt overwhelmed, exhausted and lacking.
It was while pondering the enormity of the changes I’d like to make to society, and the feeling that I didn’t know where to start, that I remembered the story of the starfish.

If you haven’t heard it, this is a story about thousands of starfish that had been left stranded on a beach after a storm and were dying in the heat of the sun.

A woman was walking along, carefully picking up one starfish at a time and throwing them into the receding tide.

A man passing by said, “What a waste of time. You can’t possibly save all of these starfish. Even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”

The woman bent down and picked up another starfish and carefully threw it into the ocean and said, “It made a difference to that one.”

Changing the whole of society is too big a job for me but it doesn’t mean that I can’t make a difference – one person at a time.

What about you?

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Ann Hawkins is a business growth specialist who will help you to make more profit, keep you accountable for your success and introduce you to a support network of your peers. Ann is the founder of The Inspired Group, co-presenter of The Business Hub radio show and owner of The Social Media Show. If you’d like to talk to Ann about how to take your business from OK to Excellent call her on 07711 705038