How One Person Can Make a Difference



Often you will hear people say that they are only one person and that they cannot change the way things are.  However, I would like to help you understand how one person can make a difference in the world we live in today.

How Many People Do You Influence in a Day?

If You do the math, you will see that you are more connected to the world than you may have thought!

The first thing that you need to consider is just how many people that you actually influence every day.  While most of us stick to our small corner of the world, when you look at all of the connections you will see that it isn’t so small after all.

So let’s say that on an average day you interact with 20 different people between family, friends, and getting through the day.  This number is probably a bit small for most of us, but it is easy to work with.  Now this is where the math comes in…  If we all average 20 people a day, then each of the 20 people that you have interacted with will also have done the same and so forth.  If we were start to multiply these numbers, it would get very high very quickly.

Next is all of the people that we pass by every day without a direct interaction, but even there we can still influence each other.  Simple things such as a smile, nod or hello might be just what someone needed to lift their spirits a little.  Perhaps you just help out a stranger briefly, whatever that may be.  Not only are you a direct influence on that person, but anyone that witnessed is also influenced by the act as well.


As you can see in the above video, each interaction carries forth with it the positive vibration that helps to elevate our moods and put us in a better frame of mind.  This also attract more opportunity for us to help each other and create a better world for us all.  The following video is also another great example:


I think that these two videos really help to convey the message that I am working on getting across here.  Hopefully you are starting to see how you can make a difference too.

Start with Yourself First

Finding Balance with oneself will help you to make a positive difference in the world.

One important thing that a lot of people often overlook is themselves.  It is very hard to always be doing things for others if you yourself are not centered and in an emotionally healthy state.  By taking care of yourself first, you will become a stronger pillar for the world around you and be able to help more.

The first thing that you should focus on is making sure that you are in a positive state of mind.  Meaning that you are living a life of gratitude and that you have a healthy dose of self-love or compassion for yourself.  Once you find peace within yourself, it makes it 10 times easier to spread that to the world around you.

There are many tools available to help you find the right balance for yourself such as meditation and yoga just to name a couple.  With these there are also many ways of learning them from working it out on your own, searching through YouTube or using a program like this one from

Make a Difference in Your Community

Donate and help plant a tree in your local community park!

An important note here is that while you are working on yourself, a part of that should be finding a way for you to give back to those around you.  Building in that “pay it forward” mentality into the new and improved you as you go is certainly a very viable path and one that can help you to achieve your goals.

Building a strong local community around yourself is very important as that will allow you and your community to have a larger impact on the world.  You see, it is much like the ripple effect in water where it starts with you in the center and ripples out through your community, then through your region, then through your country and on to the rest of the world.

Making an impact on your community can be as simple as being a positive example or as complex as being a major figure in a local charity, the choice is up to you.  Maybe you really like sports, then you could help coach in a youth league.  Find what resonates for you and make it happen.

National Make a Difference Day

Visit to learn more about their program.

The National Make a Difference Day was brought about in 1992 by USA Weekend which used to be the second largest national weekend newspaper magazine.  It was an initiative that was backed by Gannett Company with collaboration from Points of Light and Newman’s Own.  The day is celebrated on the 4th Saturday of October each year.

The day itself was designed to help communities come together through volunteering to help others.  As a national day it is hoped that it will help unite us all in a cause to make a difference in the world and to make it a better place to live in.

If you want to find out more about the program and all of the different aspects of it, you can visit  Here you can find out what has been done in the past and things that are going on currently.

Many Little Pieces, One Large Puzzle

When it all boils down to it you just need to remember that it takes many little pieces to put together a large puzzle.  Even one missing piece and the whole puzzle is flawed.  This is why it is so important for all of us to strive to be the best positive example that we can be.

Each one of us is a piece of the puzzle of unity and world peace.

Whether this is to ensure that our own piece is accounted for or to help inspire the other pieces around us to do the same, it is of vital importance.  By working together in a more harmonious fashion, doing the right things because they are the right things to do, we can certainly build a better world.

With each person that raises their vibration to a positive level we not only make the world better, but we make it easier for others to join suit and march along with us.  Sometimes it can be hard to get started, especially if you are the first piece of the puzzle.  Just hold faith though as it will all come together through your efforts.

How Have You Already Made a Difference?

This site is dedicated to helping make the World a better place one person at a time.

Sometimes in order to get started down this path people need to see that it actually works.  In light of this I would ask you to please share stories from your experience with us to help inspire others to action.  Think of it as just another way yet to help make a positive difference in today’s world that so desperately needs it.

One way that I am working to make a difference is through this site.  It originally started off as a concept for a book over 10 years ago.  That project was derailed by a sudden change of employment and then reborn in 2015 in what you see here now.

Since I have started this site I have had a ton of conversations with many from around the world.  Some here in the various comment sections and some that have reached out to me on a more private level.  Every time I hear a story from someone on how I was able to help them I am humbled and thankful.

P.S.  If you don’t have a story that you can share today, perhaps this is just a way of the Universe saying it is time to act!

If you enjoyed this article, here are some others that relate to the concepts within it:

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13 Replies to “How One Person Can Make a Difference”

  1. James!! Oh My God!! It’s absolutely encouraging and inspiring!!! I totally believe this domino effect. When we do the action of kindness to someone, I think that the person who received our kindness is exposed to the piece of positive energy from us for the moment. Kind of like…when we walk pass by someone who used a strong perfume, we are exposed to the smell for that moment and sometimes it even last all day with our memory.
    Your article reminds me of the class that I heard of for kids. In order to teach kids sharing and embracing action of kindness, the teacher brings water and styrofoam cups to the classroom. He explains kids that the water is God’s blessings and each cup represents each of them, their soul and their vessel. He pours water to the cup until it spills all over and tells them…”Now we are completely filled with God’s blessing. In order to receive more, what do we have to do?”. Then he pokes a hole in the cup, place another cup under it and let the water flows to the 2nd one. While he continually pours water on the first cup, he asks each kid to bring a cup to make the domino effect. The whole class got to share the water together.
    It’s easier to say than done. Thanks for reminding me this domino effect and helping me one baby step closer to become the better person today.

    • Young, First thanks for stopping by again it is much appreciated! Your first statement takes me back to something interesting that happened to me yesterday that spurred my thoughts into this line of thinking again.

      I was on my way home and had just coming up to the crest of a hill and traffic in the oncoming lane was stopped as a car was waiting to make a left hand turn. A pickup truck coming over the hill wasn’t expecting there to be cars sitting there and had to slam on his breaks, with them screeching right beside my open window. Needless to say it startled me and thankfully no accident happened. However, that person’s driving influenced me as I go out that same way when I go to work. It was a not so subtle reminder to not speed in that part of the road and to be wary for stopped traffic. So this person made a difference in my life in a very indirect manner.

      Your second story is also a very good way to explain the concept as well and I appreciate that you shared it with us here as another perspective.

      Lastly, you are very welcome! I am very humbled to know that I have been able to help make a positive difference in your life. Go out there and create a great rest of the day for yourself!!!

  2. You’ve definitely succeeded in making a difference in so many lives just by writing this wonderful article! Love the videos…yes, I’m crying. 🙂
    One story I have to tell about how it was brought to my attention that I made a difference in someone’s life: a few years ago I had to make the most difficult decision EVER in firing an employee…she was someone that I had grown to love and looked at her as if she were my very own daughter. She had been working for me on and off for 15 years (since she was 15 yrs. old). Anyway, she had gotten herself into one mess after another until she ended up addicted to meth. I tried confronting her, but she denied it and explained her behavior by telling me what she thought I wanted to hear. I gave her a second chance, but things only got worse. I noticed money missing, she looked horrible & her job performance was poor. I made the decision to fire her, in hopes that it would “wake” her up. It didn’t, at first; she was angry with me…as expected. But, 3 yrs later, we’ve reunited and she told me that she loved me for firing her, telling me that it was the one thing that saved her. She’s back to being her beautiful self and I couldn’t be more proud of her! I know it was her own strength that pulled her through, but I’d like to think that I sorta pushed her into that direction.
    Thanx, James, love this one!!

    • Barb, thank you for your kind words and sharing your story it is much appreciated. Sometimes Life does require that “tough love” moment and they are generally not fun for anyone involved. I am so glad though to hear that you were able to help this person and that you were able to reconnect. All too often we do the right things in life and it feels like they go unnoticed, so when the Universe says hey look at what you did like this it is a moment to cherish.

  3. I really, really love this blog. I am all about making a meaningful impact in the community and in the world around us. Your blog is definitely inspiring, and I will certainly look for ways both big and small to make a difference. If we all set to make a positive difference in the world each day, the world would be a much better place to live. I wish you all the best, and hope that you get started on your book very soon! A dream deferred is never a dream dead!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, they are very appreciated.

      Yes if we all strive to make small positive changes on a daily basis, we can make a huge difference together.

      The book is certainly not dead, though I have adapted almost everything from it to the content on the site here. However, down the road I would like to compile it all back into a book format as well. Anything that I can do to help us all have a better world!

  4. James – great article, well done. Very well written and making some excellent points.
    This is something that resonates with me, as I am a strong advocate of the ‘pay-it-forward’ philosophy.
    Far too many people are self-obsessed, whereas I believe that to get the best from yourself, you need to start by thinking of others first. I certainly do that with my family and friends and have exceptionally good relationships as a result.

    • David, glad to hear that this resonated with you! I have been a firm believer of the pay it forward attitude for a long time and thus have developed a passion to help… well, pay it forward!

      It is still important though to keep yourself as a part of that puzzle. For the stronger and more balanced that you are the better off you will be to help others as needed.

  5. Hey James,
    You make a lot of really good points in this article. Each of us can make a difference. I agree that a simple smile or hello can uplift a person who is having a rough day. If you do that to 20 different people (as you stated) you will have influenced 20 people positively as little as it may seemed. You are absolutely right in saying that it does start with yourself. If you are in a healthy state of mind, you can have a positive effect on someone else. Nice job!

    • Thanks! Yes a smile can certainly be uplifting. Even small gestures of manners such as holding a door open for someone can go a long way. If we all keep in mind to do the right thing when an opportunity arises, just think of the domino affect that would have!

  6. Hi there,

    That was an excellent article and yes, very inspiring and uplifting. One person can make a difference, just make sure it is a good kind of difference and positive influence on others. Personally, I don’t think it is necessary to make a difference to a large number of people, either directly or indirectly. Just making a difference to just one other person is a good thing.

    • Making a difference, even to just one person still helps many. Simply elevating their mood puts them in a more positive state than they were and allows for them to be a more positive influence on the people that they come into contact with.

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