The Power of Imagination

J.K. Rowling, best known as the author of the Harry Potter series, recently delivered an exceptional speech for the Commencement Ceremony at Harvard University.

It’s an amazing discussion of the power of failure and imagination. It’s definitely worth your time to read the full text, or watch the video. She said,

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we
need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

Each of us has the power within us to change the world. Do you doubt it?


Steve Jobs didn’t doubt it.
He imagined a world where every person could have the same computing power that only large organizations had at that point. He dreamed of a world where computers were so user-friendly everybody could use them.

John F. Kennedy didn’t doubt it.
He had the vision that man could walk on the moon. He set forth his vision with the power of words to direct an entire country’s resources toward that mission. A short time later, Neil Armstrong uttered his famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Martin Luther King didn’t doubt it.

He had a dream that people would be judged solely by the contributions they made to society, not by the color of their skin. His dream led to a movement to bring equal opportunity to all.

You may say that you don’t have …

… the imagination of JK Rowling. To create a world that can inspire millions of young people to read again at a time when everyone thought that only video games could attract them.

 … the creativity of Steve Jobs. To see the possibilities for individuals to have access to technology at their fingertips.

… the vision of John F. Kennedy. To see the impossible as possible and to inspire an entire nation to get behind the effort.

… the oratory skills of Martin Luther King. To put the need for change front and center on the agenda of his country and to move people to effect that change.

The unique power within you.
You do have the power to imagine a better world and make a difference in your own life and the life of others. Your imagination flows from your unique genetic make-up and your personal experiences.

No one else – who has ever walked on this earth, is here now, or ever will be – can duplicate what you have and who you are. You are one of a kind!

It’s up to you to live up to the potential that is within you … just imagine! How will you leave the world a better place? What are you doing now to make a difference in the lives of others?

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The Greatest Miracle In The World


Today’s blog is inspired by one of our favorite authors, Og Mandino. He was an amazing storyteller. We reviewed his book, The Greatest Miracle In The World,  in our last newsletter.

So what is the greatest miracle in the world? You might be surprised to hear this …

It’s YOU!

Yes, you are the greatest miracle in the world! Maybe you don’t think of yourself as a miracle. Maybe you take yourself for granted.

So let’s look at the evidence. Here’s why you are the greatest miracle in the world:

You have a distinctive genetic code. Your physical make-up is unique to you. Look at your DNA. We learn from crime investigations that it’s uniquely yours. The odds are overwhelmingly against any other human sharing the same DNA.

Your experiences are entirely your own. From your childhood up to the present time, no one else has the exact same set of experiences that you have. Others may have similar experiences, but no one has experienced them in the same way that you have.

Your perceptions are unlike anyone else’s. Based partly on your genetic make-up and on your own experiences, you have a unique perspective on the world. You have a distinct point-of-view. You see things in a slightly different way than anyone else because of how you got to where you are.

Your genes, your experiences, your perceptions. All these ingredients combine to form the single rarest thing on the face of the earth – YOU! In the history of the world, there has never been anyone who is just like you. From now until the end of time, there will never be a single person just like you.

Do you see yourself as the miracle that you are? Let’s see …

Do you value yourself in pennies?
Don’t you know that all of the riches in the world don’t come close to your value?

Do you believe others when they put you down?
Don’t you know that their comments are a reflection of themselves and not you?

Do you tell yourself that you’re not smart enough?
Don’t you know that you have your own unique blend of intelligence?

Do you diminish your talents?
Don’t you realize that you’ve been given unique gifts to share with the world?

Do you think you’re not good enough?
Don’t you know that you’re exactly what the world needs?

Don’t you know that’s why you’re here now? The odds were against, even before you were conceived. But you endured. Because there was a reason … a purpose … a gift only you could give the world.

You are capable of great accomplishments. You have unlimited potential. Only you can do what you’re here to do because you are the greatest miracle in the world.

You need to see yourself for who you are. You need to change how you think about yourself. If you do, you’ll change your world. Then, and only then, can you do what you’re here to do. To change the whole world. For all of us. We’re counting on you!

When you need a reminder of just how special you are, come back to this page. Don’t ever put yourself down again. Don’t ever see yourself as anything less than the miracle that you are.

Who are the greatest miracles in your life? Pass this on to them. And make their day – tell them how special they are to you.

Our quote today is by an unknown author.

“Instead of thinking about what you’re missing,
try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.”

You are the greatest miracle in the world! Change the world by showing your unique self.

Next time, we’ll talk about when to say, “No, thanks … return to sender!”

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!