What Is One Thing You Could Do Differently?

There’s a lot of talk these days about the economy, and what to do about it. In the world of business, there’s a lot of talk about what businesses and entrepreneurs can do about the economy.

That might be so broad a topic it isn’t helpful.

What might be more helpful: what can you – you – do differently?

You. One person.

You see, there is no such thing as One Economy. There are individuals who each have their own personal economy. When those individuals move in concert on a mass scale (such as selling their stock because they’re afraid, or reigning in their spending for the same reason), we see the effect and call it “The Economy”.

It seems  a useful question might be: what is one thing you can do differently that will have a positive effect on your personal economy?

Just pick one thing. Then do it.

My contention: it’s impossible to take a positive action on an individual level without that action affecting others.

If enough people do one thing differently… and that one thing is positive… and that one thing creates value… what happens to the mass result we call The Economy?

And looking back, ask yourself: what happened when a mass number of individuals did lots of little “one things” that were not positive, and that did not add value (such as borrowing too much money, cutting corners on quality, and failing to add value in every transaction)? Is it possible this is how we got into our current situation to begin with?

So. What one thing can you do differently today?

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • Why ?

    I mean, why while I read this post twice, both times pops in my mind a certain passage from Henry Thoreau's “Civil disobedience”?

    ….. A very few–as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men–serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it. A wise man will only be useful as a man, and will not submit to be “clay,” and “stop a hole to keep the wind away,” but leave that office to his dust at least.

    And I must ask you, Ray, WHY ?

    Is it because you know allready that one of vital keys to make things work is first understand them (how they work, what's the requirements, what can result) then after decide if is to be done or not ?
    Is it because you lived at full the 60's – 70's and understand those times “flavour” ?
    Is it because you see that the “progress” of -as exemple, but not limited to – internet marketing is videos as opposite to READ/WRITE ? (I'm sure is worldwide phenomenon that youth-but-not-only is less and lesser attracted to books and/or reading and more to audio/video. George Carlin (RIP) have several of his audio books starting with “I'm George Carlin and I gonna read my book for you. You must find somebody else to understand it for you”.)

    Best regards,

    Valentin “wmraul” Hornicar
    Bucuresti, Romania