Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Common Sense is Remarkable

Seth Godin.  I’m telling you, this guy is as brilliant as he is bald.  And, he’s super bald.  In one of his recent blogs he spoke of the late Steve Jobs and his unreasonable, last-minute demands on the Apple iPhone specifications before its first release.  Unreasonable because they weren’t on the basic ‘things to do’ list.  Unreasonable because ‘normal’ people would never put them on the ‘things to do’ list.  Unreasonable because they were, well, remarkable. 

As I told our CFO, Sherri Rush, I’ve always loved the word remarkable.  Likely to be noticed.  Uncommon.  Extra-ordinary.  Worthy of remarks.  I mean, really, how many things are truly remark-worthy?
For example, I think we’d all agree that it would be remarkable if you were able to start a school in a third-world country. 

Or, what if you could afford to give a charity your paycheck each week?  That’d be both cool and remarkable!
Oh, I’ve got one…how about if you could develop a program that effectively prevented illegal drug use among adolescents.  Now, THAT would be remarkable!

But, most of us can’t do those things.  I mean, I don’t know anyone who can do those things.  But, just because we can’t do something that the world deems big, doesn’t mean we should do nothing at all. 
In fact, if what they say is true, and common sense isn’t all that common anymore, then maybe a remarkable endeavor could simply mean doing something versus doing nothing.  Doing a little thing when a big thing isn’t possible.  Giving a little bit, when a lot would break the bank.  In 2012, that’s uncommon.

Instead of a third-world school, how about tutoring an elementary student that struggles with reading. 
If you can’t give a charity your entire paycheck, what about…$5.00, 5%, 5 hours…something.

Maybe you don’t have the solution to America’s drug problem, but you could mentor a student.  Statistics in the book, What Children Need to Succeed, show that students with consistent, positive role models who help them develop their assets are less likely to get involved in problem behaviors such as alcohol use, illegal drug use, sexual activity, violence, school problems, and depression/suicide.  That’s what I call remarkable.
We all really should dare to be remarkable.  And in many cases, doing something…anything, is all it takes. 

It’s true, common sense isn’t that common anymore…it’s remarkable. 
Peace and Blessings,

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