The Butterfly Effect – Myth or Reality

The Butterfly Effect – Myth or Reality

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The Butterfly Effect comes from the notion that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in South America could affect the weather in Texas, meaning that the tiniest influence on one part of a system can have a huge effect on another part.

Do you believe in this theory?

In 1914, during World War I, a British soldier pointed a rifle at a young German soldier but couldn’t bring himself to shoot him. The German soldiers’ name? Adolph Hitler. And you know the rest of the story.

In 1946, the highly acclaimed movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is another example of the Butterfly Effect. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be, had he never been born. An example of one change radically affecting the big picture down the road. The Butterfly Effect.

In 1963, the decision was made to leave the ‘bubble’ roof off of President John F. Kennedy’s limousine as he rode through Dallas. My friend’s dad was at a lecture a couple years ago, and this journalist was speaking. He was there at the parade to see Kennedy, and talked to the secret service, asking if they were going to leave the bubble off or keep it on. He asked them to take it off the purpose of photography. Every baby boomer still remembers exactly knows where they were and what they were doing when it was announced that the president had been assassinated.

Here is another example that will help you understand the Butterfly Effect theory in real life. A man was working in a company where he was mistreated by his manager and after months of being disrespected by his arrogant boss he decided to quit. Before the man left the company he spoke about it to the other employees and as a result, three other people decided to quit too. When those people found themselves unemployed they decided to start their own business. After some time and a lot of hard work their business became very successful to the extent that they started competing with the company they used to work for. Under the pressure of the fierce competition, the old company declared bankruptcy!!

As for myself, I was born happy and healthy, was active in sports and started writing letters to the editor when I was 14 years old. Eventually that led to a writing career in which my newspaper was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Then in 2007, I was diagnosed with a genetic form of scoliosis and stenosis and had to leave my government job after I underwent five very risky spinal operations by two of the finest doctors in the world at Duke University Medical Center.

I was unemployed for years, (2007-2010) recuperating from the painful surgeries. When I had recovered I was hired by the Pentagon and stayed six years as a writer. I then made a decision to quit my job because sitting in front of a computer all day long made my back hurt and I had to take pain killers. But before I left, I started two businesses out of my home. I promised myself I would never work in an office again. I created a freelance writing business and became a day trader in the stock market, qualified for early Social Security, a pension, was paid for unused annual leave I had accumulated, created a retirement account and another for speculative purposes, and established a revocable trust for my son after my life.
I have never been happier in my life!

The Butter Fly effect worked for me and it will work for you too if you just do what makes you happy and successful. It is the human form of the butterfly effect which matters in the present world. The very actions we make at this moment, the very next move we make, matters a lot and could make a big difference in shaping not just our life, but even the lives of generations to be born.

So the next time you post a blog, write some web content, produce a brochure, or write a speech, keep in mind how quickly what you have to say will impact someone on the other side of the planet. The $64,000 question is – will that impact be a good one? In my own experience, it was a good one.