A Lever and a Place to Stand

personal development Apr 26, 2021
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"Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I will move the earth."–Archimedes

Making your mark in the world or a dent in the universe might feel impossible. I'd assert otherwise. Everyone one of us has the potential to make a difference. 

But how?

I'd argue that it begins with commitment. Commitment to do the work, live your legacy and serve others. This is the real work of engaging with and for others to make things better.

Archimedes' quote is a simple formula to begin executing an influence on nudging the status quo in a better direction. Of course, simple isn't easy, but it gets easier with practice.

What's your lever? What talent, skill, or experience could you share to enhance the lives of others?

Where do you stand? What's your vision, mission, or cause that you will not equivocate on or move away from?

What's your fulcrum? What are the guiding principles, values, and virtues that provide leverage when you stand up to be seen, speak up to be heard and throw your full weight and power upon the lever?

What are you trying to move? Where are you trying to exert influence, exact impact, or create a shift? Who can you convene to help lean into your lever?

You are more powerful than you can ever imagine. All it takes is the willingness to embrace and engage your agency to choose a target, a lever, a place to stand, and lean all in and full out on your side of the fulcrum.

Ready? Go.


Scott Perry, Difference-Maker Coach at Creative on Purpose.

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