Has Someone Made a Difference In Your Life? New Study Measures Characteristics of “Difference-Makers”

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Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network is inviting people to answer a survey about those who have made a difference in their lives to pinpoint the essential characteristics of people who are making a difference in the world.

Every once in a while we meet someone who makes a tremendous difference in our lives. These people are not necessarily leading a noteworthy cause (a big “D” difference), rather they are “ordinary” people who affect the people they touch – making a difference with a small “d.” When we’re affected by these people, we know they’ve made our lives, and the world, a better place.

How is it that “ordinary people” make so much difference in others’ lives? What are the attributes of difference-makers, and can other people learn to make a difference by emulating those who do? This research project (see http://www.6seconds.org/difference) will help all of us understand how we can positively affect those around us -- a competency that seems so important in times of challenge and uncertainly.

The project is being conducted by Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Network, the international organization of emotional intelligence practitioners, consultants, and researchers. The organization just completed a study from a broad range of professions and jobs showing that emotional intelligence can predict over 54% of success.

This “difference maker” study is the next step in identifying the key characteristics of people who significantly improve the quality of other people’s lives. Those who are not just successful, but also significant.

Six Seconds is seeking nominations of individuals from people around the world whose lives have been touched by “people who make a difference with a small d.” This research project is unique because it seeks to understand the impact that “everyday” people can have on each other. Rather than looking at stars and moguls, Six Seconds want to know about coaches and teachers, haircutters and police officers, grocery store clerks, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors.

To nominate a difference-maker or to learn more about the project, visit: http://www.6seconds.com/difference/

The results of this study will be shared through workshops, training materials, and online content.

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