“Be a good dude”: 5 reasons why no one is too small to make a big difference

We all naturally desire to make a positive impact in the world. It’s baked into our DNA to make the world better for our family or community. However, with so many issues facing us today, figuring out where to start can be overwhelming.

One of the most effective ways to make a difference is to get involved in your local community.  You can see your impact when you serve a neighbor in need. 

In my recent Unbeatable episode, Bobby Cox described a simple piece of advice he got on his first job in the US Army.  Since that first leadership assignment, Bobby has used this small piece of advice, “Just be a good dude,” to make a HUGE difference in all his endeavors, and Bobby’s advice inspired me to go out and make a difference for someone else.  

If you’re unsure how one “good dude” can make the world a better place… I want to challenge you to start by making a small impact in your community. 

Improving your local community and positively changing the world is vital to your neighborhood and a rewarding experience. While tackling all the issues we face today may seem daunting, focusing on your local community is a great way to initiate change.

Here are five small ways to start making a big difference in your neighborhood today:

Volunteer: Volunteering is a powerful way to give back to your community. You can make a significant difference by signing up to help at a local food bank, animal shelter, or community center. Not only will you be making an impact, but you’ll also be connecting with other members of your community who share your passion for helping others.

Shop at Local Businesses: Shopping at local businesses is not only a way to support the local economy, but it’s also a great way to foster a sense of community. Small businesses are often owned by people who are deeply invested in your community, and by supporting them, you’re helping to ensure that they can continue to thrive.

Support Community Events: Community events are a fantastic way to connect with others in your area. There are always opportunities to get involved, from festivals and fairs to concerts and “Help for the Hooch” events. By attending these events, you’ll be able to meet new people, learn about local issues, and support great local organizations.

Start a Community Project: Don’t just complain about the problem; do something about it. If there’s a cause you’re passionate about, consider starting a community project to address it. Whether it’s a community garden, a neighborhood cleanup project, or a fundraiser for a local charity, there are many ways to get involved. You can leave a lasting impact on your community by taking the initiative to start a project.

Be a Good NeighborBe a Good Samaritan to your neighbor. Small acts of kindness can have a significant impact. Help a neighbor with yard work, or bring them a meal when sick. By being a good neighbor, you’ll set an example for others to follow and help to create a more caring and compassionate community.

No one has an excuse for not making a difference.  Even minor efforts add up over time.  Creating a positive impact in your community can be simple, yet meaningful. Volunteering, supporting local businesses, attending community events, starting a community project, and being a good neighbor can all contribute to a better world, starting with our communities. 

Remember, every little act counts. When you combine small acts of service in your local community, it’s like joining candles to push back the darkness and help make a brighter future for your family or your city.

Listen to my whole interview with SC State Representative Bobby Cox about making the major transition from military life to civilian life.

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