Philip Reis, a German physics professor, presented an invention in 1862 to transmit music through wires. He himself invented the word “telephone”. But the other scientists dissuaded him from his invention, saying it was only a toy, and that the telegraph machine was already enough. Two years after Reis’ death, young Alexander Graham Bell took the idea, improved it and patented the telephone. One inventor started an idea, and the other one advanced and made it reality.

In the Bible, in 1 Peter 4:10 (TLB), it says: “God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings.” God created us with gifts and talents to put in service of others. We all have specific abilities that we can grow and improve.

Whatever you stop doing is something that will not bless or help someone else. What you do decide to do will inspire and contribute those around you.


Identify that you have the power to change, starting with yourself!

Accept what you do not have the power to change, to be at peace!

Mark Twain wrote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Emerson also wrote: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”


  1. What do I really want? If there is an area of dissatisfaction in your life, it’s good for you to explore it. What changes do you need to make? Think in what will challenge you to grow and produce, and think of relationships in which to invest and value.

  2. What are the fears that limit me? If you have fears, accept them; if not, they will take charge and stop you.

  3. What is the cost of my inaction? Only when you consider the high cost of your inaction in your life you may be able to work on the necessary changes.

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best,” wrote Henry Van Dyke.

What is the trail you want to leave behind? You have much to contribute. You have much to make a difference.

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