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“Warp speed ahead, Mr. Spock” – Capt. James T. Kirk of starship Enterprise.

It was late last night and I was driving. As usual my mind started wandering and after a while it rested on thoughts of human achievement and then as I glanced at the clock it said 11:59 PM. The first thing that came to mind is that we have just 24 hours left on the Mission: Small Business. With a team effort we have already qualified to remain as a contender in this challenge, leading in the healthcare category for the grand prize of $250,000. We were not only able to exceed our required 250 votes but also support our partner VIP Doctors & Patients in this round.

Our minds are an amazing creation (and I choose to use the word “mind” intentionally “ instead of “brain” – that’s different discussion altogether).

What can you do in the next 24 Hours to make a difference?

So getting back to my drive, my mind finally rested on the thought of human accomplishment and specifically examples of feats accomplished in a 24 hours period. For the last two hours I have been immersed in looking up and reading on incredible feats accomplished by individuals and teams alike. When it comes to accomplishments Guinesss World Records is an obvious place to start. (Note, the word “book” is now missing from its name):http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/Search.aspx?q=24+hours

  • Jeff Ondash, 51, of Canfield, Ohio, has embraced the Valentine’s Day spirit faster than anyone before, giving 7,777 hugs in 24 hours, raising money for the American Heart Association, and setting the new world record for the Most Hugs Given in 24 Hours.
  • The Women’s world record on Track is held by Mami Kudo (JPN) who ran 254.425 km/158.126 miles in Taipei, TAIWAN Dec. 2009.
  • The most push ups completed in 24 hours was 46,001 by Charles Servizio (USA) in Fontana, California, USA, on 24-25 April 1993.
  • The greatest distance covered under sail in 24 hours is 766.8 nautical (1,420.1 km; 882.4 miles) by the 36.5-m (120-ft) maxi catamaran Orange II captained by Bruno Peyron (France), during the fastest crossing of the Atlantic between 2-7 July 2006. The average speed was 31.95 knots ( 59 km/h or 36.7 mph).
  • The most tattoos in 24 hours by a single artist is 801 and was achieved by Hollis Cantrell (USA) at Artistic Tattoo in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on 16 November 2008.
  • The most trees planted in 24 hours by a team of 300 people is 611,137 and was achieved by the District Administration of Dungarpur (India) at village Khemaru, village panchayat Gadamoriya, Dungarpur, India, from 11 to 12 August 2009. Beginning at 7:15 p.m. on 11 August, participants dug holes for the trees through the night and began planting at sunrise at 6 a.m. the following morning. The trees planted were of species native to the region, mostly fruits and vegetables for consumption by the local population.
  • The most “likes” on a Facebook page in 24 hours was 2,047,058 by Farmers Insurance (USA), on 22-23 June 2011.  Farmers Insurance ran a promotion with Zynga. Throughout the day this promotion ultimately resulted in 6 million views.
  • For the auto racing fans amongst us LeMans is an amazing race of endurance. The person that won Baja 1000 in 1967 took 28:48 and 2011 winner took away the trophy in 14:14:25.

Then there are other significant events in history that changed the course of the world for example, D-day on June 6th 1944 and the list goes on. If there is an example you’d like to share please post it as a comment below.

Anyhow, as you look through the list some may appear mundane and you may say “WHY would anyone even attempt it?” or “it’s ridiculous or stupid” or “I could have done that!” However the point is that it was important enough for someone to pursue despite the odds they may have faced.

There is a common underlying theme in all accomplishments whether they were completed in 24 hours or a lifetime. PASSION is the key to success which leads to human achievement, ignites the fire within us  and serves as a conduit to PERSEVRANCE and ultimately SUCCESS.

LIVE a passionate life!

Note: This post also appears in Enable Healthcare’s blog http://enablehealthcare.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/24-hours-a-reflection/

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Passion, Focus, Commitment, Communication, Social Responsibility and Integrity helps build thriving communities.

If you’re on any of the hundreds of social media tools including Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter etc. and haven’t read “Six Pixels of Separation” by Mitch Joel – you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy. It is an excellent book to integrate digital marketing, social media, personal branding, and entrepreneurship in a clear, entertaining, and instructive manner that one can understand and apply.

Social media and advances in technology have changed the way we connect and it enables us to have direct access to decision makers and influencers. I am not referring to celebrities that general public flock to in the millions but people that are in the forefront of thought including Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki), Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee), Tony Hseih (@zappos), Dr. Kevin Pho (@KevinMD) or Farzad Mostashari (@Farzad_ONC) etc..

What do all of these people have in common?

Following traits create an environment of trust, foundation of any thriving community:

  1. Passion: They believe in their respective cause.
  2. Focus: Relentless focus inspires all around them.
  3. Commitment: It’s not a get rich quick scheme, takes time to prepare and execute. It’s a marathon as opposed to a 100 meter sprint.
  4. Communication: They communicate simply and directly without resorting to industry buzz words to impress others.
  5. Social Responsibility: They are genuinely willing to help, to give back and practice “Pay It Forward” thinking.
  6. Integrity: They are ethical in their business and personal dealings.

Thank you!

Note: This post originally appeared on EHI – Enable Healthcare’s blog – click on the image above to be directed to the EHI blog.

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