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The Impact Gap

Written by: Bill Sherman on Thursday, 16 May 2013, 9:07 AM

Many people have a plan to change the world. You can meet  these visionaries at countless coffee shops, networking events, and session breaks at conferences. Their eyes gleam, and their voices crackle with energy. It’s easy to believe that these people will become the innovators and the leaders of their communities, their companies, and their generation.

Yet, five years later, nothing has happened. These well-intentioned visionaries have achieved only a fraction of their dreams. Clearly, something happened along the way.

What happened? Here is a partial list of their replies of why success has been postponed.

  • “I ran out of time.”

  • “I just couldn’t find time to get started.”

  • “I had so many other commitments.”

  • “I will get to it after I complete this next project.”

  • “There were forces beyond my control.”

Do any of these statements seem familiar to you? If so, you may be suffering from a serious (but treatable condition) known as an Impact Gap, where your desired impact remains much higher than your actual impact.

Side effects of an Impact Gap can include: frustration, disappointment, and feelings of powerlessness or fatigue.

If you want to change the world (or your corner of it), you need to first cross the Impact Gap.


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