Little things Add Up
I am in the middle of reading The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. He explains how a penny that doubles its value each day for 31 days is worth over $10 million! I can barely comprehend that. It doesn’t seem possible that a single penny could be that significant in only 31 short days.
We have a container that we drop loose change in. We didn’t miss those few pennies or quarters from day to day. We even forget it’s there until it gets full. I took it to the bank last week and it was $285.00. Granted, it’s not $10 million, but that pays bills, buys groceries, is a day or two at a hotel sitting by the pool – not bad.
I heard a remarkable man speak on Friday. His name is Mike Schlappi. He told a story about a girl named Wendy, who with something that may have seemed insignificant, created a pivotal moment in his life. She told him she wanted to dance one more song. This may seem like nothing, but Mike is paralyzed and had never slow danced before. Well, I won’t give the story away – you should buy his book, watch his videos, or find out where he’s speaking, but Wendy made a difference in his life and he went on to do incredible things.
Do you know about the Chinese bamboo tree? When initially planted, you may likely think that it is not going to sprout. You will water and fertilize that baby for 4 whole years. Then, in year 5, guess what happens? It grows 80 feet in six weeks – BAM! It goes from “nothing” to something virtually overnight in our eyes.
So what is all this about? Well, I’ve been thinking about how, today, when I pass by a newsstand, scroll through social media, or turn on the television, it’s so easy to get sucked into the negative that surrounds us. It’s easy to think that I can never make a difference, that my goals are outrageous and my dreams are ridiculous. It’s easy to think that even though I do not eat meat or buy leather goods anymore, that I won’t make a difference in the way animals are treated. It’s easy to get discouraged when we work on a project day after day, week after week, year after year, only to see little or no results. But what happens tomorrow? What if you make one more call? What if you slow down and open that door for that mom with her hands full? What if you stop your car, get out, and shake the hand of the homeless man on the corner. I know what happens. You make a difference. And not just in another life – in your life.
So next time you think what you are doing is insignificant, unappreciated, or overlooked, that you’re not smart enough, from the right family, or talented enough, remember the penny and feel good about yourself. It will change everything.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.