How to Be a World-Changer: 5 Things You Need to Know About Being Unusual

{By Kyle Griesinger}

You want to change the world right?

Of course you do. Everyone in my generation wants to make a difference, to have their name in lights, for people to know their name, and to go down in the history books. But the problem is when we look at the grand scheme of things it seems too far away, too big, and like we will never make a difference. And perhaps our greatest fear is the fear of being insignificant.

So with billions of other people who want to make a difference how can you set yourself apart?

How can you make sure you do make a difference? You have to be different! Find a cause, then do the things other people aren’t willing to do. Do things that aren’t comfortable and that other people care too much about making a name for themselves to do.

Here are 5 things to do to make yourself stand out:

1. Be Faithful in the small things.


In the parable of the minas, a measure of money equal to about $10,000, found in Luke 19 Jesus talks about being faithful in the small things. Ultimately His teaching comes down to this; if you a faithful and do your best when God gives you little things, whether it’s a little money, a little influence, or an entry-level job, God will see your faithfulness and reward you with bigger things. And God won’t be the only one watching you can bet your peers will see you too, and they are looking for selfless leaders who are faithful with the small things.

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
– Helen Keller

2. Don’t shrink from the hard jobs.


If you want to be influential you going to ask to do hard things. It’s just a fact so get used to it, if you aren’t willing to do the things others won’t then pack your things and go home because that make you just like everyone else, all in to change the world until you realize that its hard because the world doesn’t really want to be changed. Sorry but that’s just the way it is.

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”
– John Ruski

3. Learn when to say no.


There’s a difference between being busy and being effective. Being influential requires effectiveness, and effectiveness requires focus. Set your goals, and then go after them with a solidarity of purpose, if something doesn’t get you closer to your goal then maybe you should say no.

“I don’t care how much power,brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”
– Zig Ziglar

4. Forget Your Ego, Don’t Lose Your Character.


The list of leaders who got full of themselves, thought they were above reproach, and then made foolish decisions that destroyed their credibility is nearly endless. Names like Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, and Newt Gingrich come to mind, So what was their fatal flaw? I doubt they set out in life to make public mockeries of themselves, I think that over time they got the idea that they were something special, that it was all about them and that caused them to forget about the single most important thing in any person’s life; character. When you let pride creep in that’s when it gets dangerous, because you start to think you are infallible, that you aren’t like everyone else, that you get special treatment, and all of that makes it so very easy to lose your character.

“I’m convinced that 90% of failures in life are character failures, and not ability failures.”
– Stephen Covey

5. Serve.


I bet you were expecting something like “Become a great orator” or “Learn the secrets of business” well you got served (see what I did there?). But seriously all of the other tips come to naught if you aren’t willing to serve other people. This world is full of people trying climb their way to the top, wanna know how to be influential? Help them get there. John Maxwell said “leadership is influence; nothing more, nothing less.” Leadership is climbing the mountain and then reaching out and pulling people up with you.

“You can have everything in life you want, if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want.”
-Zig Ziglar

One More thought:

Why do you want to be influential? is it because you want to change the world for the better? Or because you want your name in lights? There are far to many people trying to be leaders just because they want to be famous, we don’t need any more shallow leaders. We need men and women of principle who are willing to stand up and lead with moral clarity, not because they want to be somebody, but because they want to do something! If that’s you the get up, go out, and change the world! If not, take a seat.

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Kyle Griesinger is a 19-year-old native Texan who loves politics, technology, and camping. He founded his own business at the age of 15 and now serves a variety of political figures and businesses. His love of politics has led him to be involved with numerous campaigns and political non-profits, and has given him the opportunity to share his political views on many different blogs.