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Inspiration Without Intention

Do or do not. There is no try. – Yoda

All of us in some form want to leave an impact on someone or something. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t want the satisfaction of making a difference. I would argue most of us lay out a time-consuming and complex plan on how we plan to accomplish this.

What if you made an impact on someone’s life without realizing it? Without even REMEMBERING it?

Let’s rewind about three weeks ago. It’s Friday night or my first ever Girl’s Night to be more specific. It was supposed to be three of us and a friend brought someone else along I’ll call Kim for this post. We introduced ourselves and started chatting. At one point, she leaned in close and told me we’ve met before.

“What? No, we didn’t.”

“Yes, we did,” she proclaimed. “Actually, you inspired me to become an entrepreneur.”

My jaw dropped. “When? Where?”

She went on to explain how we’ve briefly talked at a party three or four years ago. I was gushing about how I was about to start my Company. She said I was the first woman in technology she had met and she was so motivated by our conversation, she left her corporate job and started a web development shop right here in Philadelphia. At one point, she pulled out her phone and showed me that she still had my number saved from that night.

I was completely transfixed during our conversation, amazed that I had left an impression on someone without thinking twice about it or even knowing it.  That I could have that kind of influence in such a small period of time.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. How many short encounters do we miss out on everyday that can truly transform someone’s life? How often do we ponder how our words and actions can leave a mark on others? Making a difference seems like a daunting task. As I’ve recently learned, sometimes it’s present in the small things.

  • http://www.ericsmithrocks.com ericsmithrocks

    Yoda?! I’m proud. 

  • http://www.datadoctor.biz Talonzo

    It always feels good and it motivates us to do better in life when we
    come to know that we put an impact on others intentionally or unintentionally.

  • http://www.usbdrivedatarecovery.com Shelia

    Well; influencing others is good but brings a bit
    responsibility at same time; having good impacts on other at short time
    requires a lot of patience, right approach and talent which is not least.