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One man can make a difference!

You ask yourself, how can I help, how can I make a difference? Well, I can tell you one man can make a difference, be it by voting, saving a life, or bringing a life in to the world.

You see, I hate it when I hear someone say that "One man can't make a difference". It is hog wash, you can if you just try. Hell, you may have already made a difference and don't even know it!

When I think of the saying "One man can make a difference" I think of the old NBC show "Knight Rider", which is coming out with a new movie tonight. I'm not sure what to expect from the new movie, but I learned that one man can make a difference from Michael Knight!

After watching that show when I was younger, I did things a little different after that. I wasn't able to kick butt and take names like Michael Knight, but I knew I could make a difference in other ways. I decided to become a Big Brother! This changed my life and the child's life also! One person did make a difference and I was that one person.

I've since coached little league baseball and softball and hoping that I can, once again, change a child's life and be the one man that can make a difference in a child's life, be it giving them self confidence or just someone to talk to other than their parents. Sometimes that is all it takes to make a difference in a life.

So, whether or not you are going to watch Knight Rider tonight, remember go out and do something different this week, and remember that one man can make a difference.






Todd Clark (Principal Broker)
eXp Realty LLC
Comment balloon 22 commentsTodd Clark • February 17 2008 07:23PM


Very motivating and touching words here. You are right one man or woman can really make a difference.
Posted by Dwayne West, Canton Georgia Real Estate (Atlanta Real Estate) almost 13 years ago

The guy that was in a band and started live aid was one person that raised 1.5 million in one day to feed the hungry!!!!  Do you know who I am talking about????  Hint: There is a song about him now that is popular in the top 20......????

Live aid happens every year and each year more money than the year before is collected to feed the hungry and this is what one man started.........

Posted by Jennifer Hillegas, Every Seller Does It! (Sign Your Deed Realty) almost 13 years ago
Todd, You are absolutely right!  Many live their lives playing the blame game or making excuses for why one person can't make a difference.  Enjoyed your post!
Posted by PJ McClure, PJ knows Lake Chatuge! (Lake Homes Realty) almost 13 years ago
WE do not realize the ripple that can happen as a result of what we do. We may not think we affect many but if we do something to inspire another that in turn inspires another who may in turn inspire many....... Congratulations Todd on making a difference one child at a time. Who knows in the end how many that can turn into.
Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) almost 13 years ago
Very motivating and touching you are absolutely right! Thanks for posting it! 
Posted by Cory Clure (Tamarack Realty) almost 13 years ago
Thank you
Posted by Susan Jackowski, Lake Norman NC & Hudson Valley NY (Lake Norman NC) almost 13 years ago
Todd, Great post!  I do believe one person can make a difference and it looks like you are doing your share.  Knight Rider?  That goes back a few years! :)
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 13 years ago

Dwayne - Glad you enjoyed and hope it inspires you to do something out of the ordinary.

Jennifer - His name was Bob Geldoff, I don't know the new song as I've been retired as a DJ for 3 years now. But, Bob Geldoff was the song writer and singer for a little known group (at least her in the US) called the Boomtown Rats. They were best known in the US for their hit "I Don't Like Mondays"

Here is the video

PJ - Please go out and make a difference in someone's life yourself tomorrow!

Judy - I hope many as I really do enjoy making a difference.

Cory - I'm glad you came by and please feel free to share with others.

Susan - I'm glad to have done it!

Roberta - Not any more, just got done watching the new one and I was shock to see the Hoff man at the end saying "One man can make a difference"

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago
Great inspiration,  If you are a fan they brought Night Rider back to prime time tv.  It is going to spark years of arguments among car buffs.  They switched from a camaro to a mustang.  Have a great week.
Posted by Joe Smith almost 13 years ago
Todd- Did you get a chance to watch the show last night. The first thing the kid say was one man can't make a difference and at the end of the show Michael Knight came on and said one man could and he was that man. If we all had that mentallity the world would be a much better place!!!
Posted by Jeannette Neerpat, e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate ( almost 13 years ago
Todd -It is like moving a pile of pebbles one pebble at a time. It doesn't seem to make a difference when you first start, but later you see the new pile grow while the old pile gets smaller.  This is how the energy changes in the world, one little vibration at a time! Keep it going!
Posted by Marzena Melby, Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty) almost 13 years ago

Hi - Knight Rider may be a show on TV but the theme is true...each person can make a difference.

I'll become a regular Knight Rider watcher - - just like I was the first time around.


Posted by Barbara Argo (Mountain Investments of North Georgia) almost 13 years ago
Todd-I have been reading through your blogs tonight, you do an awesome job!  This is truly very thought provoking and motivating.  Thanks for your contributions!
Posted by Denise Shockey, Cocoa Beach, Brevard County Florida Real Estate (RE/MAX Aerospace Realty) almost 13 years ago
Hi Todd,  Great post.  My coaching days are long behind me, but there is nothing more gratifying than watching a child learn new skills and the self-esteem that goes along with it.  That's great the Knight Rider made such a difference for you!  In our family, the guys "McGyver" it and revel in mechanical ingenuity...I'm not mechanical so I just get a kick out of it.  Cheers, Harley
Posted by Harley Ramsey, Chatsworth, CA Real Estate (Keller Williams) almost 13 years ago

Todd, I firmly believe that one person can make a difference.  Differences can be small in notice or attract world attention.  They all count.  Thank you for being a Big Brother.  That is an awesome responsibility.

Jennifer's example of Bob Geldof is a great one.  My daughter did her history competition entry on him and made the finals.  The theme was one individual that made change.  I'm very proud to say that I taught my kids the good things music has produced in our cultures as well as about the music itself.  She learned about Live Aid because I was there at the concert in London in 1985 and she was getting excited about the Live Eight concerts.  One sick and tired Irish guy, Midge Ure (Ultravox), talked to a very loud, sick & tired Irish guy (Geldof) and Live Aid was born.  That is amazing.  Don't forget Rat Trap!

I am really enjoying your blog, Todd!

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Compass) almost 13 years ago

Joe - I know I was a little disappointed with that being I loved the original and I've owned two 1969 mustangs, it was a tough decision to watch.

Jeannette - I enjoyed the show, It wasn't what I expected, probably could have been better, but enjoyed it just the same. A little violent to be showing my kids, but that had to write it for today's audiences.

Marzena - I like the pebble comparison, never thought about it that way. Thanks!

Barbara - Me also, I have to admit I loved it. I've been renting the old ones on Netflix to watch with my six year old son. Six Million Dollar Man is next - lol

Denise - I'm glad you have been enjoying my random thoughts, I call my blog my puke blog, and whatever comes up gets posted! I'm glad you are enjoying though!

Harley - Did you watch the Mythbusters last week? They had a special on McGyver show myths, it was really pretty cool!

Elaine - The Big Brother things was one of the best years of my life, it really actually helped me as much as it did that kid, we still talk from time to time.

By the way that is really cool that you were at that 1985 concert, I bet your daughter think that is pretty cool also! I'm glad you enjoy reading my blog, it is full of useless stuff as well as some things I find important to me that hopefully get me business!

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago


Coming across this post is really funny.  My wife, my son and his wife, and I just had a discussion last night about when KITT came to town for a visit to RAZMATAZ in Milan, Illinois.  My son was about 10 so it must have been around 1987.  What memories, what memories!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island) almost 13 years ago
One man.... His name is Jesus. nuff said
Posted by Susan Davis, Excellence Advocate almost 13 years ago

Lucky - You got to see the car in person...I'm jealous! That was an awesome car, I think I just came up with a new goal to add to my bucket list...Build my own KITT!

Susan - Can't argue with that, you certainly picked the one man who did make a difference in this world. Now, if we can convince others that they can make a difference also we will be set!

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago
So very true, Todd.  Where people get bogged down is in thinking that the difference to be made must be broad ranging and sweeping.  That it must affect an entire population.  To make a positive impact, we only need to be impactful on one single individual.  Not that hard when you think about it.  Thanks for a great message.
Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) almost 13 years ago
I agree... "One man (or woman) can make a difference."  I have played softball since I was around 6 years old... not saying my age now but, it has been a long time.  I have always loved the sportsmanship, team work and friendship I found playing the game.  When my girls were old enough to play, I encouraged them.. 3 of my girls have been playing ball for many years now.  I have also helped coach.  It warms the heart when a little girl looks up to me and says, "I love softball".... because, I know exactly what she means!
Posted by Tina Helton (Anchor Mortgage) almost 13 years ago

Deborah - I'm glad you liked, now let's both go out there and make a difference!

Paul - I'm hoping I'm changing people one blog at a time!

Tina - I love coaching baseball and softball and taking a little boy or girl that doesn't want to play for what ever reason and making them have fun and by the end of the season, not want to go home! I then know I've made a difference to this child and taught them about team playing!

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) almost 13 years ago

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