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5 Minutes to change the world

This is a re-post from one of my recent favorites on Seth Godin’s blog earlier this year that has yet to leave me.

You Rock.

This is deceptive.

You don’t rock all the time. No one does. No one is a rock star, superstar, world-changing artist all the time. In fact, it’s a self-defeating goal. You can’t do it.

No, but you might rock five minutes a day.

Five minutes to write a blog post that changes everything, or five minutes to deliver an act of generosity that changes someone. Five minutes to invent a great new feature, or five minutes to teach a groundbreaking skill in a way that no one ever thought of before. Five minutes to tell the truth (or hear the truth).

Five minutes a day you might do exceptional work, remarkable work, work that matters. Five minutes a day you might defeat the lizard brain long enough to stand up and make a difference.

And five minutes of rocking would be enough, because it would be five minutes more than just about anyone else.

If it only took 5 minutes to really make a difference, why don’t more of us do it?

The sad reality is most of us don’t think our work really truly matters, even our very rocking best.

What would you do with your 5 minutes?

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Harry Wentland July 9, 2010, 4:24 pm

    To be honest I’d say most people I know spend more than 5 minutes every day to change the world in a positive way. But I love the thought of not having to be super heroes 24/7. Most of us don’t have enough energy to engage in heroism for a long time. We’re all finite. Caring for a little while at a time is usually good enough.

    • Lon July 11, 2010, 8:58 pm

      Agreed Harry – lots of great folks out there doing good work. And yeah, the post was realistic enough to acknowledge we can’t be gunning it at all times – what a relief.

  • Jamison Gray November 23, 2011, 2:22 pm

    We forget that the most positive thing we can do is examine our own inner being. No judgements, etc. The results are immediate and radiate out like ripples in a pond. – Cheers.

    • Lon November 23, 2011, 10:44 pm

      thanks for your comment Jamison – I think most would agree with you – it’s that habit/practice/discipline of stopping long enough to reflect that many of us miss out on.

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