The story was told of Alexander Graham Bell, the man who invented the telephone. What is not so well known is that long before Bell’s world changing invention, a German school teacher by the name of Reis almost built the telephone.
Mr Reis’s phone would carry the sound of whistling or humming but would not transmit the human voice. Something seemed to be missing. Many years later, Mr Bell discovered what that was. A little screw which controlled the electrodes on Mr Reis’s invention needed an adjustment of 1/1000th of an inch. Mr Bell discovered this error, turned the screw 1/1000th of an inch and was able to transmit speech loud and clear.
Now the telephone is considered as a household necessity. This infinitesimal distance of 1/1000th of an inch made a difference – the difference between failure and success. Mr Reis was very near success yet he did not achieve it because of a very little thing. Such is the power of small changes.
For the sake of clarity, there are 4 important lessons buried in this story;
#1. Don’t Give up on your dreams
As I began typing this, I had a strong impression in my heart about a young student who might be reading this and at the verge of quitting college or the university. You are at the crossroad of life and contemplating to give up on your dream of becoming a graduate someday, all because of some challenging circumstances.
Here is my candid advice: Don’t Quit!
Never, ever, ever give up on your dreams. No matter how rough and challenging the road to accomplishing it may look. Sometimes, the distance between where you are and where you want to be may just be as infinitesimal as a 1/1000th of an inch. Never give up!
#2. Be guided by God’s wisdom
We all need God’s wisdom to help us make good decisions and great choices in life. More importantly, to help us identify the necessary changes we need to make to achieve growth in areas we hope to experience growth and success in the things that we need to succeed in.
#3. Make the required changes now
More often than not, we usually have inclination of what changes we need to make to move on to the next level of success in our lives, businesses et cetera. But the irony of it all is that we’re just too reluctant or perhaps too lazy to make any change or do the needful. I’ve been there and I’m still dealing with some areas of my life at this stage. Whatever you’ve got to do according to my nursery rhyme, do quick! Make the changes now. If you need to shed some weights and lose the pounds, get to the gym or get on with your exercises. If you need to apologise and mend a relationship, go ahead! Whatever it is, do it today!
#4. Live to leave a legacy
Everyday, I consciously live with the mentality of leaving a legacy behind for generations yet unborn. My actions, choices and decisions all reflect this singular goal. And I’m encouraging you to adopt this same kind of mindset as you go about your different assignments and responsibilities. Be it at home, at work, at school or your local community, let your dream or pursuit be one that will leave a positive impact in the world long after you’re gone. Let your dreams contribute to making the world a better place today and for the coming generations.
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