I’m always a fan of understanding how somebody defines a word, or how they make meaning from it. For example, Covey says that success is when the response equals the challenge. John Maxwell teaches us that leadership is influence. This helps me gain perspective, or find a new way at looking at an old word, concept, or idea.
I was reading Success magazine, featuring Dr. Oz on Steps to Living Large and Living Longer. Dr. Oz had this to say on “significance”:
“’Significance means service’, he says, ‘doing things that impact people, hopefully in a beneficial way. It’s not just going out there and bragging about a certain thing you’ve done, but showing people how they can apply it to their lives and improve something. That to me is what significance is all about.’”
My take away is, significance is service. I like the simplicity of that.
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