How history remembers us

Agatha Christie wrote at least 77 books in her lifetime and over 2 billion copies of her work has sold worldwide. Yet, despite being the Guinness World Record holder for the best selling fiction writer of all time most people have never read her work. Most people don’t even know her name.

Some of us get to do our work on a large stage. While most of us on a much smaller scale. The question we have to ask is, “If it’s generous, what’s the difference?”

We have become so obsessed with doing work for the masses that in order to reach them we have to dumb it down to fit in. To make it average. But it is unlikely you are going to be in charge of the next Marvel movie or play in the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

We pick these metrics because they are easy to measure. When we choose to be small in scale, however, we can be large in impact.

We don’t hear the stories in the news about the teacher that went out of their way to open the door for her students and helped flip the lights on. We don’t know the names of the scientist behind the COVID-19 vaccine that worked tirelessly day in and night out to produce it.

Most of us will never be remembered in human history. Perhaps, if you are lucky, you get a line in the cannon. A foot note.

But to those who we interact with, with those who we seek to change; they will tell our stories. You can’t change everyone but you can change someone.

Help others along in their story is the greatest impact we each can make.

What’s remembered lives.