There are a ton of ways you could make a big difference in the lives of others and help change the state of the world. In this article, I'll discuss some of my ideas about how you too can make a difference in the world.

This first suggestion I'm going to make may be a little controversial... I will suggest that if you really want to make a difference, you should strive to become very very wealthy and influential. I say this because in my own experience and personal opinion, the more money and power you have in the world, the more pull you have and the more your ability to make a difference increases. Don't get me wrong, you could be broke and powerless and still make a difference. I just believe that your impact on peoples' lives and on the world in general becomes amplified when you have more money and more power.

Now that we covered that, I'm going to share what I think average everyday people can do because 99% of the people reading this will never get real wealth and power. I'm not saying you can't achieve these things, I just believe that most people don't want it bad enough to make it happen.

The first and best way someone can make a real difference in the world is through volunteering their time for a good cause. It's important to choose to help a cause that you really believe in. Follow your passion. For example, if environmentalism, recycling, and renewable energy is your thing, just go for it! Don't help the homeless if what you really want to do is save the planet. Both causes are worthy of your time but at the end of the day you want to be enjoying what you're doing too so it's important to choose whatever interests you most. I think volunteering is a great way to make a real difference. I've also done some reading on the subject and I learned that people who volunteer get more satisfaction with their own lives and are happier as a result. So, volunteering really pays for itself.

The second thing I'm going to suggest you do is get into the habit of donating 10% of your income to your favorite charity. At first, 10% may seem huge to you, so I'd recommend going after a lower percentage at first... For example, you can start with 1% but the end goal is to reach a level of giving of 10% of your income. I did some reading on this subject too and did you know that there was a study that proved that money CAN actually buy happiness... but there's a catch! You have to spend the money on someone/something else! Even spending 5$ on someone or some cause will increase your satisfaction level and your happiness level so in the end it's worth it. It's all about the joy of giving at the end of the day.

The third way I would suggest you look into if you really want to make a difference... is to start a social business. A social business is a business like any other except that a social business reinvests its profits into the cause they are serving. For example, if an social business serving the environmental cause makes 1$ in profit this year, it will either donate all that money to charity or it will reinvest it into itself so that it can help better serve the cause. There are so many causes that need great entrepreneurs and businessmen and women to get involved in so why not use that business degree you have for a good cause? You'll be rich in spirit in this way and some would argue it's way better than being rich financially-speaking.

Next, I'm going to talk about the little things you can do to make a difference. These little baby steps really do add up and because of the butterfly effect you cannot even imagine how far-reaching the consequences of your little good deeds can go. Examples of these little good deeds you could do are to just be friendly and smile to people. Also, you could just offer a lending hand to someone, anyone really. Be there and be supportive to people when they need you most. Be a good friend. Be a good listener. Etc... The possibilities are endless here.

Also, I want to address something I learned from Mark Victor Hansen(the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series). He had a great quote that basically said that when you focus on improving your own health, your finances, your happiness, your well-being, your life in general, the whole world improves. After all, who are we to help others when we don't even help ourselves first. You need to always put numero uno first and in my opinion numero uno is yourself. I also remember reading that you are the only person that will always have your own best interest in mind. I forget where I found that though.

I have another suggestion. This one is inspired by something Paul McCartney from the Beatles said. He was talking about saving the planet and he basically said that if anyone wants to save the world, all they have to do is stop eating meat. He was advocating vegetarianism. The reason for this is because it's a well-known fact that the meat/beef/chicken industry is one of the biggest producers of greenhouse gazes that are the main cause of global warming. So make that one little change and become vegetarian and/or vegan and you'll help change the world.

Thanks for reading. If you have anything to add or any suggestions whatsoever, make sure to leave me a comment below where you could share with me and all the other readers what you believe the best way to make a difference in the world is. If you disagree with the position I am taking in this article, let me know! I won't take offense. I'm pretty open minded and always up for a good argument with someone intelligent who has their own opinions.