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What would you do for the world if nobody knew you did it?

I am not sure if this resonates with you. But, this is something that’s been on my mind for a long time. I am looking for a discussion and I’m looking for feedback.

It’s January, and I’ve been thinking about the past and the future. I’ve been thinking about how 2014 should be about the gift of imperfection. I haven’t been working for a long time. I have been taking time off. I’ve been recharging my batteries, and I’m ready for the best year ever.

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Every time I think about the past, I keep asking myself the same question over and over again. The reason I keep asking myself the same question, is because I believe that, we’re all marketers, and in a way, we’re all focusing on promoting who we are, what we do, and what we believe in.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy reading about what people are doing. And, I do think that it’s great that we’re allowed to share who we are and what we believe in. But, the question that I keep asking myself is this:

What would I do for the world if nobody knew I did it?

This is a hard question to answer. I believe that I started the vegetarian festival, not because I wanted people to know that I am a vegetarian or that I wanted to share that I was launching the festival. But, on the other hand, I wasn’t trying to be invisible either. I was proud of what I was accomplishing. The same happened when I published the books, Lizarraga and Fuzzy. I wasn’t trying to be invisible.

I share my views of the world. I share what I believe to be the right way to do business. I keep living my dreams, and my adventure has just started. But, would I do anything different if nobody knew?

Is there a point of nobody knowing?

8 responses to “What would you do for the world if nobody knew you did it?”

  1. Mary Kathryn Johnson says:

    What a wonderful question, Jens-Petter! I believe that the heros of our society are the “nobody, nothings” that quietly go about life doing the right thing for the right reasons without any fanfare…just because it is right!
    We have just gone through a time when many of us were doing the wrong thing (piling on debt, then asking our society to bail us out) for the wrong reasons (to keep up with the Jones’), and blaming our choices on others.
    Every time I hear of the philanthropic adventures of individuals and companies, I feel cynical. “Would they give like that if no one knew?” I ask.
    Yes, there is a “point of nobody knowing.”
    The point is that you are not asking for approval or permission or acknowledgment or anything in return!
    We don’t usually hear of people doing things this way…that’s the point! We don’t hear about it!
    Hence, the real heros in life. The “unsung” heros, if you will.
    You probably are one in a small way – have you ever performed an act of kindness…and NOT posted it on

  2. Andrew says:

    Hi Jens-Petter,
    I probably would not do anything that would better society by keeping quiet. Like Mary Kathryn said, the people who go day to day doing the right things are the real heroes. So that is probably what I would do, whether or not I get attention I would just do it. Thanks for sharing your opinions,

  3. Interesting topic, Jens 😀

    I agree with Mary’s statement about society’s heroes. So many of them don’t get the rewards they deserve (then again, they didn’t particularly do it for the rewards, right? So, does it really matter? Perhaps it could motivate young minds to become more likes these heroes..or perhaps it could motivate them to become heroes because they want the fame/recognition associated with being a hero).

    Then there is the question of who is a hero (or who is a villain). I could be a villain, because I haven’t done much to improve this world (inaction….is inaction the worst crime?).

    As for your question, yes, there is something I would do.

    It is the same thing as my long term goal – help the world. I love the help people, but why limit myself to one group, society or even a species?

    I am a firm believer in the principle that so many of our problems could be solved if we just worked together (why the heck do we need 200 governments? Aren’t we ashamed to say that we can’t even govern a small piece of land?).

    Here is what I would do – pressure/force the world governments to form into a one united government (of course, that is a hard goal…it’s much easier to just bring down these governments and form another one to replace all these).

    That’s all I have for now 😉 Thanks for posting this post (and making me think about this. I love trying to answer questions like these :D).

  4. Andy Stanley says:

    Really interesting question. It got me thinking a lot of things. I would probably just let it be and just continue the things I have been doing. If what I did helped a lot of people then I’m fine being just a shadow on the side. Thanks for sharing this interesting post here.

    • Hi Andy,

      That’s the same with me. But, on the other hand, I’ve discovered that I really enjoy the feedback. So, it’s probably a lot harder to keep doing something really good if nobody would know that I did it. I don’t need the feedback, it’s just a really good feeling when someone tells you that you’ve done something nice 🙂

  5. Interesting topic, Jens. Do we get more satisfaction from doing good or from the praise and gratitude we receive from others who learn of our good deeds?

    Yes, it’s fulfilling to be acknowledged for our good deeds, but there is also fulfillment in knowing you’ve made the world a better place.

    Your vegetarian festival is a wonderful example of you making the world a better place, Jens!

    • It’s a difficult topic, I think. I don’t think that I get more satisfaction from doing good when people don’t know about it. But, on the other hand, I always end up telling someone about what I’m doing.

      Thank you for your kind words Carolyn.

  6. leannedenise says:

    “I would find the root of all gossip, then come up with the way to dissolve the root of gossiping blooming like a cherry tree.. The means would be extinct, I know this sounds minute or impossible, think if nobody did gossip…sets a hurting human race free to be who they are and meant to be

    Thanks I’ve enjoyed a blog for the first time, in cyber life

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