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From Small Things Comes Greatness

by David DeFord

Often, we think that we must accomplish some huge feat to achieve greatness. Climb Everest without bottled oxygen, invent some wonderful product that everyone in the world needs, make the Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s richest, save a child from a burning building, or win a TV reality show contest.

Actually, greatness comes from consistently making good small choices. The accumulation of many good small choices has the same impact as the buildup of a few small drops of Tabasco sauce—tremendous power!

Greatness comes from consistently keeping our commitments and promises. Doing what we say we’ll do builds trust from others and trust in ourselves.

When we seek after and respect goodness, we develop greatness in ourselves. Appreciating the outdoors, reading good books, developing our talents, carefully selecting television programs and movies that inspire integrity will attract goodness to us.

Greatness comes from caring for others who need our help. Many around us are poor, discouraged, ill, and looking for someone to care. As leaders, we can lift and groom those for whom we have charge. When we lift others, we climb higher too.

Using our time effectively, working when we should work, resting when we should rest, and spending time with family and others when we should, will help us grow.

We teach boy scouts to do a good turn daily. The effectiveness of that admonition does not diminish when we pass eighteen years—in fact as we do good turns each day over the course of a lifetime we become great and so does our impact on the world.

Greatness doesn’t come because of one great accomplishment, we grow into greatness as we practice goodness, and make good choices day-after-day over the course of our lives.

Related Quotes

"Develop the winning edge; small differences in your performance can lead to large differences in your results." Brian Tracy

"Creativity means believing you have greatness." Dr. Wayne Dyer

"I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary." Lou Holtz

"Let us consider the nature of true greatness in men. The people who can catch hold of men's minds and feelings and inspire them to do things bigger than themselves are the people who are remembered in history....those who stir feelings and imagination and make men struggle toward perfection." Henry Eyring

"He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lives a great street-sweeper who did his job well." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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