The Ripple Effect
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote:
“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
Back in the 19thcentury, Emerson was viewed as a radical when America’s most influential writer dared to share his thoughts on individuality, freedom, the ability for man to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the outside world.
If Emerson were still with us today, the Sage of Concord would concur that just a few thoughtful words and the smallest of actions frequently unleash a mighty avalanche of positive results.
And if Emerson were really here and had a Facebook and Twitter account, he would likely be friends with Dan Martell.
Together, these two members of the self-reliant, bad ass brotherhood would explore at a much deeper level how “The Ripple Effect” really works in our everyday lives and why it matters to anyone who is fascinated about creating meaningful change as we isolate the cause and effect; the impact of a single conversation on
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
TWO TAKEAWAYS FROM “THE RIPPLE EFFECT”
#1. You & I Are the Sole Owners of Each Conversation
Knowing the impact our words can have on others, how many conversations will you & I take full ownership for this week? It’s a simple choice; stay idle on autopilot or find ways to inspire and accelerate the growth of someone you care about and believe in. Is there a person you need to connect with this week?
#2. If you have any DOUBT about “The Ripple Effect, , refer to Point #1
p.s… Reflecting on the words of Emerson, I recognize that no matter how much this world has changed since the 19th century and how much faster its moving, the stuff that really matters has not changed.
For example, Emerson’s thoughts on Self-Reliance are likely more relevant than when he first penned his signature essay in 1841. The piece captures the quintessential element of the Ripple Effect; the need for each individual to avoid conformity, living on autopilot and follow their own instincts and ideas.
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Originally published at gairmaxwell.com on October 10, 2016.