A Shared Responsibility for Humanity

How to Really Make a Difference

Bobby Kountz
3 min readDec 23, 2020


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“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.” -Madame Marie Curie

What I really appreciate about this quote is its inclusivity. Every day, we have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. The difference we have an opportunity to make is a unique one. Not only is it unique to our own individual capabilities and strengths, it is also unique to those we either aid or serve. For if it were not for our efforts and our intentions to actually make a difference, our individual difference, the one that only we can make, then it might be lost forever…

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice.

She paid the ultimate price for her commitment to humanity and the development of early radioactive treatments for cancer and the creation of radiography units that provided early X-ray services to field hospitals during World War I.

She was instrumental in the development of technology to improve the lives of others. It was her focus on the improvement of her own life that allowed her to serve others.

And what about improving ourselves? How do we insure we are improving ourselves? It’s quite simple really, we set intentions. When we set an intention, we are setting in motion the magic of the universe and the magic of our minds. Our intentions become our ideas that we plan (or intend) to carry out. When we mean something, really mean it, then it becomes an intention. It becomes something we mean to do whether we are initially successful or not. It is the setting of an expectation for a specific result.

What it really represents more than anything else is “COMMITMENT.” Our intentions become our commitment to carrying out our actions… Our actions are the catalyst to the completion of our goals, desires, or stated intent. We can always make the most progress by getting involved in an activity or project we…



Bobby Kountz

I am an Inspirationalist! Quote Enthusiast, Inspirational Writer/Speaker - Author -THE SOMEDAY SOLUTION - Mindset, Confidence, Curiosity, Creativity, Gratitude.