7 Traits of People Who Make A Difference by Kent Julian

September 4, 2014 by Kent Julian

“Success” is a word that is thrown around quite a bit. Is real success making it to the top? Becoming famous? Earning a bunch of money? Winning awards?

Success can include all these things and more, but one major ingredients to real success is making a difference in the lives of others. As speaker Joe Martin says, “I want to do well for myself in my career and finances while doing good for others.” This sounds like a winning strategy for making a difference to me!

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So what does it take to be a person who does “well for himself while making a positive difference in the lives of others?” Here are seven traits of people who make a difference in a positive way. See how well you score.

Hard (and Smart) Worker. There is no such thing as easy change, easy impact, or easy success. Making a positive difference takes a lot of hard work, not to mention smart work. If you’re not willing to roll up your sleeves and dig in, the likelihood of you making a difference is slim.

Consistency and Perseverance. Making a difference doesn’t mean hard work for the short-term; it takes hard work over the long haul. How many life-changing stories go untold simply because someone gives up? I’d go as far as to say the people who end up making the biggest impact simply outlast everyone else. That’s why veteran teachers, coaches, and leaders can tell story after story of how they’ve seen lives changed for the better. They’ve been around for a while, and their stick-to-it-tive-ness is often the catalyst that brought about positive change.

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Kent is a past keynote presenter at the Mobile Beat Las Vegas DJ Show and Conference. Before starting Live It Forward, Kent led several youth organizations in Georgia, Nebraska, and Illinios. He also served as the Executive Director of Alliance Youth, an organization that works with over 2,000 youth groups across the United States. Okay, now that you know about Live It Forward and Kent’s work history, he wants to share what’s most important to him. His mission in life is to glorify God and enjoy him well by being a compelling and influential encourager who equips people and organizations to show up and shine in their most important roles. Kent is crazy-in-love with his wife, Kathy, and their three incredible children. He is an avid exerciser who runs, swims, and does strength training, so you’ll regularly find him enjoying a good workout. Besides exercising, his favorite pastimes include listening to music, reading, eating sushi, and sipping dark roasted coffee (right now, his two favorite is Ethiopian). His favorite ice cream is, and will always be, coffee ice cream! Oh yeah, one last thing…he’s very comfortable with his bald head because as he likes to say, “God only uncovers that which is perfect!”


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