I recently came across Ryan’s story. The story came about from Ryan’s desire to solve the world’s water problem. What started as a wish by a Grade One pupil in 1998 has grown into a Foundation that has played an immense part in solving the challenge of clean water in some parts of the world.
Ryan currently speaks around the world on the importance of making a difference no matter who you are or how old you are. He believes each of us has to find something we are passionate about and take the required steps to make a difference.
There are so many people in the world today who have found what they are passionate about and have made an impact in many lives. I would like to highlight three examples below:
16-year-old girl who at the age of 11, spoke out for the right of girls to an education. She escaped a near assassination by the Taliban and has been featured by the Times as 1 on the 100 most influential people in the world.
Fought apartheid in South Africa, he was imprisoned for 27 years and instrumental in ending Apartheid. He became the first black president in South Africa and has inspired the world.
He was born without arms and legs. He dealt with his depression and loneliness.
He is an author, musician, actor, and his hobbies include fishing, painting and swimming. Nick says, “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!” He is now a proud dad! He advocates the need to ‘live above your circumstance!
These analogies demonstrate age, colour, limitations can be overcome and we can make an impact no matter the obstacles.
What’s your story now and what will your story be with the passage of time?
Below are ten concepts to make your story noteworthy
Find your life purpose and run with it
Understand life is not a bed of roses
Increase your strength
Remember there is always an end
You are not a victim but a victor
Think of your reward
You need people in your life
Don’t dwell on your past
Take time out to meditate and pray (for those with a ‘Faith’)
You are not alone (others have walked this path)
As you progress in this journey, sometimes you would encounter setbacks, disappointment, frustrations but the key is to keep going and not give up!