Where Do YOU Think Greatness Begins?

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We all want to be good at something if not GREAT at something, but where does that greatness begin?

To quote Russell Conwell form “Acres of Diamonds”:

Greatness consists not in the holding of some future office, but really consists in doing great deeds with little means and the accomplishment of vast purposes from the private ranks of life. To be great at all one must be great here, now, where you live.

He who can give to where they live, better streets and better sidewalks, better schools and more colleges, more happiness and more civilization, more of God, he will be great anywhere. Let every man or woman here remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and what you are now.

He that can give to his city any blessing, he who can be a good citizen while he lives here, he that can make better homes, he that can be a blessing whether he works in the shop or sits behind the counter or keeps house, whatever be his life, he who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own town.

I believe Russell Conwell was correct, greatness begins in you now, where you are now, with the skills you have now and the resources you have now. To become great all you need to do is ask yourself what you can being doing now that will make a difference in YOUR life and in OTHERS lives.

All that is needed are little things done every day that build to become great things. A painting wasn’t just thought of and then completed, a sculpture was just thought of and then appeared, and a building wasn’t just drawn and then grew from the ground overnight. Every great thing, every great person began from the basics and the simple and then built upon day by day, month by month and year by year.

Who do we think of as being great people? It is usually those that have left a strong positive effect on the world. Those that leave large negative effects on the world are thought of as tyrants and despised. Which would you rather be known for?

It doesn’t take much to be remembered as a great person, help those in need, give of your time or money, or do good for those that are in truly need of it.

But to be truly great, and be among the greatest of the great is to do all that you can and remain anonymous. WHAT you say? How does that make me great!? Being truly great is being great in your own mind and heart, to know you have done something not for the recognition of do it, but for the goodness it has done.

If you seek greatness in other’s eyes then you are seeking their approval and this is not the act of a great person. Greatness is doing something that you know is good for the sole purpose of doing good.

Remember true greatness comes from within and begins with what you have, who you are and where you are now. Becoming a great person is done for who you become and what you become and the person it makes of you.

Do it for doing, not for showing.

James Darren Davis
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  • Profile picture of the author rcritchett
    Awesome thread. This is important particularly for people who have realized that having a mission in life is a hell of smarter than not!

    I believe it begins when a person activates their mind and gets stimulated with something. 2 Chapters into my first book about human effectiveness.. BOOM, the light turned on.

    The electric company must be pissed, because it's still on, brighter than ever.
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    • Profile picture of the author scortillion
      Originally Posted by rcritchett View Post

      Awesome thread. This is important particularly for people who have realized that having a mission in life is a hell of smarter than not!

      I believe it begins when a person activates their mind and gets stimulated with something. 2 Chapters into my first book about human effectiveness.. BOOM, the light turned on.

      The electric company must be pissed, because it's still on, brighter than ever.
      LOL... glad to hear it RC even if the electric company isn't
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Great points here.

    Every person who begins chasing their dreams with all their heart and soul is great. Most ignore the early stages of greatness. The lean years are the greatest years, for ignoring circumstances while holding a vision of a spectacular life might be the most difficult task you could ever undertake.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  • Profile picture of the author Pusateri
    Joe Darion said it best:

    To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go.

    To right the unrightable wrong, to love pure and chaste from afar, to try when your arms are too weary, to reach the unreachable Star.

    This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far.
    To fight for the right, without question or pause. To be willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause.

    And I know if I'll only be true to this glorious quest, that my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I'm laid to my rest.

    And the world will be better for this: that one man, scorned and covered with scars,
    still strove with his last ounce of courage, to reach the unreachable star.
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    • Profile picture of the author scortillion
      Originally Posted by Pusateri View Post

      Joe Darion said it best:

      To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go.

      To right the unrightable wrong, to love pure and chaste from afar, to try when your arms are too weary, to reach the unreachable Star.

      This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far.
      To fight for the right, without question or pause. To be willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause.

      And I know if I'll only be true to this glorious quest, that my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I'm laid to my rest.

      And the world will be better for this: that one man, scorned and covered with scars,
      still strove with his last ounce of courage, to reach the unreachable star.
      What powerful word! thanks for commenting!
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  • Profile picture of the author Zentech
    Greatness begins in the heart. Follow that and you'll move toward it - but don't expect it to be easy. Setbacks and obstacles will be everywhere. They have to be, because that's how you learn to follow the path.

    And don't expect the end of the road to be be money, or fancy houses, or whatever. The place where greatness comes from doesn't care about any of that. You might, but it doesn't. It only cares for growth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Bandicoot
    "Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
    -- Muhammad Ali
    That's all I gotta say.
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    • Profile picture of the author derekcaldwell
      Greatness begins with believing in something so strong it becomes who you are.
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      • Profile picture of the author scortillion
        Originally Posted by derekcaldwell View Post

        Greatness begins with believing in something so strong it becomes who you are.
        I would agree as long as it is something good, a few people have believed in something so strong that they went on the kill millions of people.

        But I do like what you say; you have me thinking along new lines of thought... thanks for commenting!
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  • Profile picture of the author SusanPoole
    Greatness begins when you give to the world more than you take.

    When you share more than you receive.

    When you believe in abundance rather than scarcity.

    When you acknowledge and push through your fears to the potential within yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Perseus Shearer
    Greatness starts with someone else. I don't know where I'd be without my mentors.
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    • Profile picture of the author scortillion
      Originally Posted by Perseus Shearer View Post

      Greatness starts with someone else. I don't know where I'd be without my mentors.
      Personally I believe greatness starts within, if you didn't have the drive to seek out the mentors in the first place, or the desire to learn nothing would ever happen.
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      • Profile picture of the author success4all
        Originally Posted by scortillion View Post

        Personally I believe greatness starts within, if you didn't have the drive to seek out the mentors in the first place, or the desire to learn nothing would ever happen.
        I have to agree with you. The greatness starts within in finding/rediscovering your true self. When that happens everything will fall into place. For your true self has all the power in the world to accomplish whatever it desires. Nothing can stop it.
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        • Profile picture of the author sketteksalfa
          this is start with the hardworking and peaceful and happy life..

          always smile...
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          • Profile picture of the author NathanZad
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            • Profile picture of the author scortillion
              Originally Posted by NathanZad View Post

              Greatness begins in trusting yourself.

              All the great leaders, whether business religious political or otherwise, have this in common. They are so trusting of their instincts and inner voice that they move on it without struggle. They drop or shrug off previous expectations of who or what they 'should' be and follow their vision with commitment and ease.

              Whether you're talking about people of great good, or great evil, that's what I've noticed they have in common.
              I agree that trusting yourself is a major part of greatness, but I think that before you can trust yourself you need to build your self-confidence; without self- confidence you'll never be able to trust yourself.
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                • Profile picture of the author scortillion
                  Originally Posted by NathanZad View Post

                  I think it's the other way around.
                  Not saying you are wrong but what makes you say that? Just wondering how you are deciding this...

                  thanks in advance.
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                  • Profile picture of the author NathanZad
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                    • Profile picture of the author scortillion
                      Originally Posted by NathanZad View Post

                      Not a problem, and I don't think it's a question of right / wrong anyway:

                      It starts in the physical world: I trust my eyes to tell me where to walk and so I have confidence I won't step in the puddle, as an example.

                      For self-esteem and the like: I trust in my instinct/feeling/intuition to guide me towards happiness, so I can confidently move in that direction.

                      But really, trust and confidence feel almost the same in my body, so it may just be a semantics thing.
                      I can understand where you’re coming form but after thinking about it, it’s like the chicken and the egg conversation in some ways.

                      Without self confidence you won’t trust yourself, and without the trust, your self-confidence won’t grow.

                      I think it is more like a continuous feedback system. First you have to take a small blind leaf of faith and trust something, which gives you a little self-confidence to trust yourself a little more, which builds your self-confidence more and so on and so on.

                      I don’t believe one can be fully developed without the other.
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                      • Profile picture of the author scortillion
                        Originally Posted by Marianne Gonne View Post

                        Interesting topic!

                        Here's my 2 cents/pence:

                        "Give me the child until he is 7, and I will show you the man."

                        I think who we are is defined very early. Which is not to say that we don't evolve. But for most of us - whether by nature, nurture or luck (good AND bad) - our characters are forged in childhood.

                        Of course, we also have to ask how we are defining 'greatness'. I personally don't define it by money. Every great thinker I know or have learned about possesses an individual nature, and there is evidence of that nature from childhood.

                        That said, I am a great admirer of a book called Higher Creativity: Liberating the Unconscious for Breakthrough Insights Breakthrough Insights. The authors suggest that those of us not born with the natural gifts of genius can apply certain methods to develop the genius mindset.

                        Now learning such new and extraordinary skills as an adult possibly contradicts my initial assertion that we are who we are going to be by the age of 7. But I would argue that those who would even desire to think like a genius were displaying individualist traits at a very young age.
                        A great deal of our foundation is formed in childhood, but as an adult we learn what has gone right or wrong are able to "fix" it if we take action.

                        Many people would rather just blame everyone else, their environment, their teachers, their peers, their parents, or whoever else they can think of instead of learning what they need to, take responsibility and "fix" the bad programming with new and better programming.


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                        A plan is good, but if you don't have the character and will power to see it through no plan you can dream up will do you any good without the action that needs to be taken.
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                        • Profile picture of the author scortillion
                          Originally Posted by NathanZad View Post

                          Yep. I agree.

                          Ain't it nice when we're both right? :p

                          Nate
                          Yes it is..LOL

                          But what I like most is the ability to discuss the topic and both be able to see the other's poit of view without the anger you see other places.

                          Thanks for the great comments and input!
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  • Profile picture of the author jushuaburnham
    Believing in yourself, there where greatness begins.
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  • Profile picture of the author pethanks
    For me greatness begins when you will learn how to humble down first.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Bandicoot
    Greatness begins in that shining star deep inside the cushiony pillows of your heart.
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    I mean, greatness begins in that blazing fire storm that is the violent death star of your heart.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronald duck
    The key to success is that when you make your mind visionary an try to face and combat facts and brutal realities. Because you can avoid reality but you can;t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
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  • Profile picture of the author AshtonPereira
    Greatness begins with a plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author alcymart
    Greatness begins when you realize that you weren't great before ...whether it's during childhood or adulthood or as a senior

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  • Profile picture of the author lior1970
    'Stop dreaming and start action' is the starting point of every greatness I have. It works for many other people around me. So I guess it can be included here :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Landon Walsh
    Greatness comes from the ADHD I have... =D
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    • Profile picture of the author scortillion
      Originally Posted by Landon Walsh View Post

      Greatness comes from the ADHD I have... =D
      Greatness comes from within no matter what
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  • Profile picture of the author IncSEO
    Great thread and thank you so much for sharing!

    Greatness comes from inside out and I believe that regardless of any situation that you are in - you need to have a clear vision as to what you want in life. Without any clear vision, you will have no sense of direction! Write down your goals for year 2011 and work towards achieving them. It's never to late to take action now, draft your plans / goals and take small action. Taking baby steps are far much better than not doing anything! Taking too many steps in a go can make you confuse as well, as a result you will abandon them all together! Plan first and take action!

    Wish all the best to everyone!

    P/S - I love this topic
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  • Profile picture of the author success1618
    I think greatness comes from restlessness, and an unwillingness to accept what is as all that can and should be.

    A desire for more, to constantly better yourself, a desire to become your best self and beat your best over and over again.

    I think greatness lies in the journey and the story we leave behind, the more we fail and keep going despite all adversity. I think that makes one great.
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    • Profile picture of the author scortillion
      Originally Posted by IncSEO View Post

      you need to have a clear vision as to what you want in life. Without any clear vision, you will have no sense of direction! Write down your goals for year 2011 and work towards achieving them.
      So true without written down goals it's too easy to let things slip by. I find having daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals work the best for me. Easy to track and measure my progress.

      Originally Posted by success1618 View Post

      I think greatness comes from restlessness, and an unwillingness to accept what is as all that can and should be.
      That's interesting, never thought about that aspect of it... I'll have to think more on that.

      Thank's for the input and then new idea!!!
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