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Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
-- Jean-Paul Sartre


Friday, June 28, 1996

Make a difference

Provide something of value to someone, and you have a job.

Provide something of value to people, over and over again, and you have a profession.

Provide something of great value to a large number of people and you have a fortune.

Life is not about taking. You can only take what’s already there. Life is about giving and creating value. About making a difference. If you try to shortcut the process, it is you who will come up short in the end. When you take something you don’t deserve, you might get it but you won’t own it -- it will own you.

Look for ways to make a difference in the world. To solve problems, to create joy and beauty, to give comfort, to provide meaning to the lives of others. Look for ways to give, look for things that need to be done. That is where you’ll find opportunity. The more value you provide, and the more people you provide it to, the wealthier you will become -- both materially and spiritually.

The bigger difference you make in the lives of others, the bigger results you’ll see in your own life.

— Ralph Marston

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