Small Ways To Make A Big Difference

Small Ways To Make A Big Difference

By |2016-07-21T23:57:49+00:00July 25th, 2010|Interesting People|17 Comments

A few minutes ago, I deleted a few versions of this post that I had struggled to complete. I’ve now realized that I was simply trying to say too much and so I think it’s best to let the core focus of this post do most of the talking.

And that core focus is simple: how we can all make a difference in this world.

Recently, I was asked by the mighty decent human being who is Raam Dev, to participate in an idea of his, a collaborative project aimed at inspiring people to change the world by making small changes in their own lives.

The project is called “Small Ways to Make a Big Difference” and it came into existence as a result of Raam’s current life-changing travel experiences throughout India, Vietnam and Nepal. After observing first-hand the suffering, inequality and injustice that plagues much of our planet, Raam found himself asking the same question over and over again – how does one change this situation?

In short, this project is the start of his answer, or more correctly, it is the beginning of his mission to foster a global community of individuals with a shared interest in ways to “live more sustainable, to live happier and healthier, to get more out of life, to inspire and share, to reconnect with our true selves, to be a leader, to exist more intelligently.”

Small Ways to Make a Big Difference” offers 160 of those ways, all of which were contributed by a diverse collection of interesting people with ideas to share, including the wonderful minds behind such blogs as Uncornered Market, The Life Thing, Live Collar Free, Travels of Adam, Live Richly, Vagabond Quest, Thrilling Heroics, Migrationology, JetSetCitizen and of course, Raam Dev himself.

Whether it’s a way to improve how we work, play, love, eat, treat the planet or interact with others, each idea can help us align our lives with that vision of a more harmonious, peaceful world that is forever present in our minds.

Perhaps the material in this book can act as a good old-fashioned kick in the butt or maybe it can provide an eye-opening wake-up call or even a detailed guide to help alter the way we live. Whatever it’s potential for each individual, I am confident that nothing but rewards await any reader of such inspiring information.

There’s no nonsense at all involved here. The result of Raam’s work is available to absolutely anyone and it doesn’t cost anything.

So I hope that you’ll have a look at his project and spread the word to all those you think may be interested. And let us never lose our focus on trying to make the world a better place to live!


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  1. Nate July 27, 2010 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Great advice in this ebook. I really like the first one that starts out with focusing on yourself. Some may think this is selfish, but I truly believe that you have to love and accept yourself before you can give that love and help others.

    Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Nate´s last blog ..Why Meditate =-.

    • Earl July 27, 2010 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Hey Nate – I definitely agree with you. What Farnoosh wrote to start off the book really clicked with me as well. Only when our own lives are examples of the change we envision, can we make the biggest difference in the world!

  2. Migration Mark July 27, 2010 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Good review Earl. I’ve only had a chance to scan through it so far, but it looks like it’s set up almost as a proverb on each page, so it’s easy to read a couple a day.
    .-= Migration Mark´s last blog ..8 Glamorous Asian Icy Desserts =-.

    • Earl July 27, 2010 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Hey Mark – It is a great book to open up every morning and just read a handful of pages, especially to receive an extra boost of inspiration to start each day! I’ve been randomly flipping through it quite often so far myself!

  3. Cris Campos July 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    What a great project.
    I’m downloading the book now, can’t wait to read it.

    Congrats to you all! I’m sure I can say it even before reading the book, as only this introduction will certainly be a start to a lot of people.

    • Earl July 26, 2010 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Hey Cris – Thanks for heading over to Raam’s page and downloading the book! I love the positive energy surrounding this project and I truly hope you find the material useful!

  4. Andi July 26, 2010 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    We all need a good kick in the butt from time to time. This project sounds like something I would definitely be interested in. Checking out now!
    .-= Andi´s last blog ..29 Things To Do Before I Turn 29 =-.

    • Earl July 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Agreed! The more kick in the butts we receive, the better, or else life can make it very difficult to maintain our motivation. Thanks for having a look at the book Andi!

  5. Jennifer Barry July 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the shout out! It was really an honor to participate in this project with so many cool contributors. I really love your intro here too. 🙂
    .-= Jennifer Barry´s last blog ..Stranger in His Own Land- Part 2 =-.

    • Earl July 26, 2010 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jennifer! There sure were a ton of great people involved with this project!

  6. Dina July 26, 2010 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Oh, beautifully written intro to the book, Earl, I’m proud to be a part of it! Now I’m enjoying reading the eBook myself, see what others have to say…
    .-= Dina´s last blog ..Top 3 Pieces of Traveling Advice by Travelers Around the World =-.

    • Earl July 26, 2010 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Dina! The book is a great read, and is definitely something that should be looked at often in order to maintain the motivation to make a difference!

  7. Sandra Lee July 26, 2010 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Earl, It’s so nice to connect with you through participating in Raam’s ebook. I know you have been an inspiration to him. You have written a beautiful, down to earth introduction. I especially like the “kick in the butt” and “wake up call.” 🙂 Be well.
    .-= Sandra Lee´s last blog ..101 rays of gratitude =-.

    • Earl July 26, 2010 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Hey Sandra! Thanks so much for contacting me and I appreciate the kind words about my post. This was such an excellent project to be a part of, with so many fascinating contributions. I must say that those statistics you provided about plastic usage are truly disturbing and certainly act as a good wake-up call for me. And I guess that’s the purpose of the book.

      I certainly look forward to connecting with you further!

  8. Raam Dev July 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    Earl, thank you so much for the heartfelt and warming introduction to this ebook! I’m really thankful for your contribution to this project and I look forward to collaborating together on future projects!

    Your travels and your lifestyle are role model for my own travel aspirations. Seeing the world up close in personal provides us with the best opportunity to figure out how we can help.

    And the beautiful thing is, we don’t even need to travel to start helping! Simply being inspired by the travels of someone else — like yourself — and hearing about the rest of the world can be enough to get us off our butts and start making a difference (even if that difference means reducing our ‘stuff’ and decreasing our expenses so that WE can start traveling and experiencing the rest of the world!).
    .-= Raam Dev´s last blog ..Introducing a New Collaborative Project- Small Ways to Make a Big Difference =-.

    • Earl July 26, 2010 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Hey Raam! I fully agree that travel isn’t a requirement at all in order to make a difference. The simple fact that we are all on our own paths in life, means that we all have something unique to contribute to this world and to each other. There is inspiration everywhere around us as is evidenced by the incredibly diverse ideas in your book and each one of those seemingly small ideas has the power to create a wave of significant change.

      Thanks again for asking me to participate and I certainly look forward to seeing what you have in store for the future…

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