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The Butterfly Effect

Posted by on Thursday, December 19, 2013 in Blog.

Edward Norton Lorenz, an American mathematician, meteorologist and the pioneer of chaos theory, coined the term, “Butterfly Effect”.  According to Webster’s Dictionary, The Butterfly Effect is:

“a property of chaotic systems (as the atmosphere) by which small changes in initial conditions can lead to large-scale and unpredictable variation in the future state of the system”

We all know that this phenomenon is true because we know that the things we do whether big or small, can make a huge difference.  For instance, if we plant seeds on fertile soil, we are likely to get a tree or plant depending on the seed that we planted.  That tree or plant is obviously valuable to us for many reasons but society can now benefit from it.

All we had to do is plant the seed to make this happen. I’m sure you would have to do a little more than plant a seed to help these trees and plants grow but those simple steps will create a huge impact for future generations to enjoy.  Now what does this say about the importance of demonstrating leadership?

Think about something that you have done for someone else whether it was washing the dishes at home, buying someone a present, going to a sporting event to support your school, or even writing.  Although doing these things might seem like something small to you, it could mean the world to someone else for many different reasons.  Either way, you’ve made an impact and that could lead to something greater.

In essence, just remember that you will always have a chance to make a difference in the world.  What is important is the impact that you choose to make.  In the spirit of the holidays, remember that your presence and willingness to help others is a gift that can keep on giving with good faith and encouragement.  Your good deed does not end with the person receiving it.  Your deeds can be carried out in many ways.

Remember that sharing your idea at an organization meeting, speaking out against something that you believe is wrong, or communicating an important point with your professor carries more weight than you think.  Somewhere down the line, the impact of your doing will be felt and someone may benefit from your actions.

Now that you understand how doing a little good can go a long way, I leave you with this quote to ponder:

“As a leader your every action has a consequence.  Make sure that it is one that you intend.” ~ Katherine Bryant

Happy Holidays