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The Easiest Way to Live a Short, Unimportant Life

Contribution and self-worth

The act of contributing, no matter how small, allows you to derive a sense of self–worth. When you contribute something to the world, you matter.

You change the course of other's lives by what you create and contribute. 

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Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

"When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die."

Contribution and self-worth

The act of contributing, no matter how small, allows you to derive a sense of self–worth. When you contribute something to the world, you matter.

You change the course of other's lives by what you create and contribute. 

Make something

You can't control the amount of time you spend on this planet, but you can control what you contribute while you're here.

Be an active participant in life and contribute to the world around you. You don't have to create big contributions, you just need to live out small ones each day.

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