How often it is that we hear of great people and the reason is that they did great things. It is easy to remember great names in leaders; Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Winston Churchill. Famous athletes include Mickey Mantle, Wilma Rudolph, Walter Payton, Larry Bird, and Wayne Gretzky.
Reflecting on science, we think of Albert Einstein, Louis Pasteur, Madame Curie, James Watson and Francis Crick. When the opportunity for greatness came, they, as history indicates, answered the call. What makes them so famous is that they all did things no one else has achieved or done before them.
However, isn’t greatness a relative term? We are all called to greatness. To some, that may sound preposterous and moronic. However, we are. Greatness is doing great things, not becoming famous.
Famous poet and teacher, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote:
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
Not every discovery, the act of courage, or humble deed results in the news, gain notoriety, or as we say now, goes viral. Recognition, applause and a place history do make extraordinary individuals famous; it was their actions.
Be observant of the actions of others. Tony Robbins says, “Success leaves clues.” We all have heard and read quotes on the traits that lead to success. Belief, courage, self-awareness, opportunistic, imagination, desire, set goals, failure, integrity, persistence, and to seek excellence, valuable traits to integrate and adhere to be part of your character.
Challenge the common ground, decide to get more from life. Confront failures, disappointments, heartaches from the past and release them. Move in the direction of doing great things. When moving forward with goals and ideas, we are moving toward greatness. Even if not gaining fame or being declared a hero by one’s courage or persistence, it is heroics nonetheless. When you move toward greatness, you are running with the giants.