Small actions can have big impacts

A gradually spreading effect or influence
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple effect with no logical end.”
– Scott Adams
A ripple effect in our lives can be gradually spreading, sometimes with unintended consequences. When you throw a pebble into a pond, the first thing you normally see is the splash and then the circles or ripples from where the pebble hit the water. Pretty benign so far. But your thrown pebble might have other effects—it could scare off a nearby duck or frighten a group of fish. Perhaps some children were feeding the duck and now you’ve ruined their fun. You might have spoiled the luck of a fisherman standing on the opposite bank.
By throwing the pebble, you’ve caused change. This is the ripple effect. Each action we take or choice we make in life causes a ripple effect.
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Positive or negative ripples
ID-10046847We all have choices—about the actions we take, how we treat people and how we react to events in our lives. Are we choosing to make positive or negative ripples in the world around us?
One story that stick outs for me about the ripple effect is about a man named Manny, who I heard about at a conference I held several years ago. On day 2 of the conference, one of the participants talked about Manny and how he looked forward to seeing him every day because he felt good after spending time with him. He tried to be in his office every day between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. when Manny would come by to collect the garbage so he could interact with him. Many other people at the conference, who worked at the same office, had a similar experience with Manny—they described him as joyful, warm, generous, friend, warm, caring and curious.
Manny is an example of someone who creates a positive ripple effect. The way he interacted with others  and the way he chose to live brought joy to many people. His behaviour changed their lives.
What impact are you having?
When you look at the actions you’re taking in your business, what do you see? As a leader, you have a great deal of influence. Are the ripples you’re sending out through your actions and interactions creating positive or negative change for you, your business and the people you work with?
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