How Do I Make a Difference?
I'm constantly asked by student leaders about how they can make a difference.
And so I share this well-known fable that timeless in our pursuit of making our world a better place.
"One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a figure in the distance. As he got closer, he realized the figure was that of a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked,
“What are you doing?”
The youth replied,
“Throwing a starfish into the ocean. The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said,
“don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference?”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the surf. Then smiling at the man, he said,
“I made a difference for that one.”"
Leadership has a bias for action, start doing, start helping, and start making a difference.