The difference between the bottom and the top, between success and failure, between mediocrity and excellence, is often very small. A single insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience. The accumulation of a lot of little things isn’t little. So breathe in experience and remain a lifelong learner. Fine-tune your skills, sweat the details and constantly be on the look-out for the little difference that can make a big difference.
It’s no secret that I was raised as a Kansas farm kid. I often talk about my experiences on the farm and the great foundation my parents provided me growing up. We travel back to Kansas on a regular basis to help out on the farm. I know that helping my family every year is one of those little things that make a big difference. It makes a difference to my parents and siblings for sure, but it also makes a difference for my kids. Teaching them that they are a part of something bigger than themselves is very important to me. The work is hard and they will complain, but the lifelong skills that will be developed they will appreciate someday. It also makes a difference to the people our family will feed from our crops each year. The average Kansas farmer feeds 156 people annually. I know that makes a difference!
This experience also makes a difference to me. It rejuvenates my soul. It makes me appreciate what I have and reinforces my belief that everything we do makes a difference to someone. My dad never quite understood my job. In fact, one time I overheard him say, “I’m not quite sure what she does. She sells rubber chickens and plays games for a living and somehow pays her mortgage.” Makes me giggle every time I think about it. I like to think of myself as a seed planter of a different kind. A farming of ideas if you will.
The work we do as facilitators makes a difference. We make a difference in the lives of the people that participate in our programs. The little things we do to make an experience memorable and long lasting can have sustainable results. The accumulation of a lot of little things isn’t little.
So breathe in experience. Remain a lifelong learner. Fine-tune your skills and sweat the details. Constantly be on the look-out for the little things that can make a big difference.