Being The Difference
Being The Difference
True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World
By Darius Graham
Reviewed by Catherine Pulsifer
We often hear about people with lots of money making a difference in donating to worthy causes. But, in this book you will read a collection of inspiring stories of people actually making a difference; making a difference in ways you maybe would not have considered. The individuals featured in these true stories all faced challenges in their life, and for many of them, their challenge actually created the opportunity to make a difference in other peoples lives. To quote Darius Graham, "These individuals are a testament to the idea that if people use their passion and whatever limited resources they have, they will not only make a difference, they will be the difference and make the world a better place right where they are. The truth is anyone can be the difference; all it takes is using whatever you have, to do whatever you can."
The title of this book describes it well, "Being The Difference". The word, "being" describes these people as they moved beyond their own challenges to be the difference to many people.
To quote the author, "the truth is anyone can be the difference; all it takes is using whatever you have, to do whatever you can". They didn't make the difference by spending lots of money; they made a difference doing what they could in many different ways.
A wonderful book to read especially if you think you cannot make a difference. And, it is a wonderful book to read to reinforce the difference you are making to others. Let the true stories inspire you to "being" that difference in someone's life.
Some of our favorite quotes from the book:
"I believe where there is a will, there is a way. You just can't give up, you have to keep going." Charmaney Bayton
"It's hard, but it's not as hard as you think if you think positive." Shirlene Cooper
"Maybe the won't grow up to be the next great artist, but after working on art projects, they will know how to work as a team and to have confidence and self-esteem. Even if we just change one child's life, we're changing the world." Matt D'Arrigo
"Kids are kids the world around. No matter what, if you give them a soccer ball, a deck of cards, or anything, and if you close your eyes, you would never know where you were from the sound of it. It's just incredible to hear them laughing. When I go into the villages and they come running up to me, I know that what I'm getting is far more than anything I possibly can give them." Fay Deavignon
"I can't say that the addicts who watch our show are getting clean and sober because of us, but the joy of getting there, giving them hope, and knowing that we might have made a dent has made it a great journey." Bob LoBue
"I could have given up a long time ago, but I never did. I truly believe that determination is the key to success in anything." Elissa Montanti
"When the story is said and done, our little bit may be invisible, but it we help encourage, push, and nudge things along, if we can just help, that would be fine." Tom Prichard
"People see me and say, 'If you can do it, so can I,' and I am there to tell them yes, yes they can." Emma Rhodes, ED.D
"Tell me that I didn't change the system. Tell me that one little person with passion and no money can't change the system. I won't believe it." Johana Scot
"Help a parent and you've already helped the child." Johana Scot
"I believe when we work together great things can happen." Robina Suwol
"Just because you've been victimized you don't need to dwell in victim mentality. If you channel your energies to help others rise above atrocities, you become victorious." Sophia Key West
"Some people have dreamed about doing this but never had the chance. We wanted to give them that chance." Teri Westerman
"My illness has become a tool for teaching and supporting others with mental illness." Jonathan O. Cole
We recommend this book; it is one that is truly inspiring. The book is available from Amazon.com.
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