Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World
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With the Right Determination, Anyone Can Make a Difference Dec 18, 2008
By Bryan Carey
Being the Difference is a book about social entrepreneurs: Individuals who possess a rare combination of personality traits that lead them to achieve great things in service to humanity. These individuals featured in this book felt there was a need for social change. They did not like what they saw around them and were unwilling to wait for change to take place. They took the initiative and with grit and determination, these social entrepreneurs set out to change the world. They usually had little or no money, but their strong vision and determination led them to achieve great things, in spite of the many obstacles that stood in the way.
Thirteen different stories are presented in this book and each one of them is inspirational and/or unique in its own way. Matt D'Arrigo is one of the individuals who shares his story and it was the love of art that encouraged him to found his own organization. He decided that he wanted to spread the message about art and he walked all the way from Oregon to San Diego before founding ARTS (A Reason to Survive). Fay Deavignon is another person featured in the book. Her passion was helping the less fortunate in a foreign land. She learned about the nation of Uganda and the special problems its people faced every day when she visited the country with her mother's caregiver. She ended up founding Angels of Hope and she would make more trips in the future to setup free clinics. These, and other stories like them, are each inspirational in their own unique ways.
It is common to read about wealthy celebrities who give large sums of cash to important charities, but like this book demonstrates, one does not have to be rich to make a difference. The thirteen individuals spotlighted in this book are not celebrities. They are ordinary people like you and me who saw the need for social change and took it upon themselves to find a way to make the world a better place. They had limited funds, but unlimited determination and passion for what they wanted to achieve.
I like that Being the Difference includes a section at the end complete with contact information for the thirteen organizations featured in the book. All but one of the organizations has its own web site, so computer oriented individuals can turn in the direction of their pc and find out more about the spotlighted organization with the click of a mouse. For those who prefer contacting the old- fashioned way, there are phone numbers and addresses for most of the organizations. In addition to this, there is also a list of general web sites to learn more about ways to give at the very end of the book.
Change isn't always easy. Some goals, however noteworthy and admirable they may seem, are certain to be met with skepticism. Many people with great ideas and valuable knowledge to share- even those who are ordinarily admired for their tenacity and strong will- are likely to give up before they even get started. But like Being the Difference accurately demonstrates, change is, indeed, possible to achieve and these thirteen social entrepreneurs are living proof of the important difference that an individual person can make.
A singularly motivational read Mar 17, 2009
By Midwest Book Review
Changing the world isn't a task exclusively for the extraordinary. "Being the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to Change the World" is a collection of true-life stories of common, everyday people who have made a massive impact on the world as we know it. Hoping to inspire thousands of readers to make their own difference, "Being the Difference" is a singularly motivational read.
Inspiring Book about People Making a Difference by Being Mar 09, 2009
By Cathy A. 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.
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.
We recommend this book; it is one that is truly inspiring
A great book! Feb 13, 2009
By K. Vetrano
This is a fantastic and inspiring book that really makes you believe that you CAN make the difference if you really set your mind to it. The individual stories of how ordinary people accomplished extraordinary things to make our world a better place to live in truly inspired me to want to be a better person and to make positive changes each and every day to make the world a better place.
I think that this should be required reading for teenages to encourage them to stand up and make a difference.
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Honest Inspiration Dec 19, 2008
By M. Lumpkin
Graham provides honest inspiration for each and every one of us to do what we can to improve the condition of our communities. Certainly a great read for any age, I find it especially encouraging for young people who are finding their way along life's journey, full of energy and ideas, looking for a way to expand horizons, think globally, and most importantly cultivate a sense of empathy for those around them. The stories of these real-life heroes represent the ideals of the American legacy- giving of yourself, helping your neighbor, and doing the very best that you can.
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