Joel’s newsletter on Making A Difference, July 1, 2009
An ezine about Creative thinking, Coaching, and Making a difference
Can you actually make a difference in the world? Today I saw a news story about a New Jersey woman who helps low-income individuals get started in business. Alfa Demmellash is the CEO and co-founder of Rising Tide Capital, a New Jersey organization that provides training and funding to over 250 entrepreneurs in the Jersey City area, mostly single mothers, and also ex-offenders, who are trying to start or grow their businesses. She was recognized by President Obama yesterday. See the story at CNN Heroes
This an excellent example of how to making a difference in the community has a positive affect. The non-profit organization, Rising Tide, helps struggling individuals who have little, if any, other source of assistance. The training is provided at low cost to these entrepreneurs. Without this support their businesses might not survive. Thanks to the training provided by Rising Tide, the entrepreneurs are able to support themselves, and the businesses benefit the community. Rising Tide also helps raise funding from corporations and government for the training, thus allowing others to contribute to making a real difference. So the whole community is involved and also benefits.
I am inspired by and appreciate what Demmellash is doing, and the fact that Obama gave recognition to this kind of work. I hope that will encourage others to look for ways to contribute to the betterment of the world.
Are you the kind of person that wants to be making a difference, in your community, or in the world? Perhaps you have a desire but don’t know what to do. Or maybe it seems like it would be too much work. Or maybe there is not enough time. Or perhaps it’s too much struggle to take care of your own needs.
I’ve always wanted to do something to make a positive impact in the world. But the reasons I’ve just mentioned have held me back. Someday I hope to start an organization similar to Alfa Demmellash’s that helps empower others. I’ll write about it in a future issue of this newsletter.
If you have a particular desire to make a positive impact out there, and would like to let others know about it, I’d be happy to write about it in this newsletter. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most powerful forms of creative thinking is visualization. When you see something in your mind, it is almost as real as though it were actually happening. Creative visualization is using the mind intentionally to visualize what you want, rather than letting your thoughts occur on their own. When you have a clear picture in your mind of something you want, and you can come back to that image frequently, then it is much more likely to become real.
The mind can easily form images, although it’s not always easy to do it consciously. For example, last week I was installing an attic floor. It was tiring work. After I stopped working for the day, I kept seeing images of floor boards in my mind. Even when I tried to think of something else, the attic kept coming back in my thoughts. I was surprised how vivid the images were. I don’t know how much my visualizing helped to get the rest of the work done. But I did finish the floor.
If we could visualize that clearly what we choose, how effectively could we make something that we want to come into reality? I believe that visualization is very effective. I’ll write more about creative visualization in future issues.
If you’re interested in learning more about Coaching, Visualization or Creative Thinking, contact Joel at email@example.com or 973-635-1048.
Quote of the week
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. - R. Buckminster Fuller.” This is an interesting thought. Looking at a caterpillar, you’d never guess that it would become a butterfly, unless you’re familiar with the life cycle of such insects. What this means to me is that the potential isn’t always visible, although it is very real. It’s like DNA, which determines the form a living organism will become. But the DNA itself doesn’t look anything like the result. A seed doesn’t look like the tree it will become. Computer software doesn’t look anything like the output and the functions it generates. In manufacturing, the parts often don’t resemble the finished product. We can’t always trust our eyes alone. We must trust another kind of knowledge to know what the result will be.
This newsletter is written by Joel Remde, to receive this newsletter via email contact firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome your comments and feedback; that will help me learn what you’re interested in and also make this a better newsletter.
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