At the 2011 West Point Global Leadership Conference, Colonel Tom Kolditz, then Head of the United States Military Academy’s Behavior Sciences Division at West Point said in his concluding remarks: “It is not about the students.” When his words were spoken, a gasp of disbelief could almost be heard across the audience of senior executives and faculty. Everyone knows it is always all about the students. Then, with a smile on his face he said that, “yes, it is always about the students. But it is more … it is about the hundreds, the thousands, the tens of thousands and the millions of people whom they will touch.”
His message to his audience of leaders was that everything that they do and say – as the leaders of their business, heads of their family, members of their community and those whom they serve – has an impact on the lives that they touch. They are those beautifully special, selfless people who plant the seeds of trees that they will never sit under. Zig Ziglar tells us: “You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” We must be wise, then, in what we do. And the moments are many ….” “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact” writes Les Brown.
May you never miss a moment to plant one of your seeds, for that one may be that precious and magical one that changes someone’s life forever.