Character Corner: Make an Impact
By Lt. Col. David Higginbotham, Center for Character and Leadership Development
/ Published March 18, 2010
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. --
Dr. Rick Rigsby inspired all National Character and Leadership Symposium participants this year to "make an impact, not just an impression." This Spring Break, 63 cadets will travel to five separate locations throughout the Southwest to "make an impact" by donating their time to participate in Alternative Spring Break. Instead of partying with friends on the beaches of the Caribbean or Mexico like many college students, these 63 cadets will assist in building homes for others through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Likewise, at a previous NCLS, 13-year-old Austin Gutwein, founder of "Hoops for Hope" also discussed making an impact with four principles that he learned about serving others:
-- It's not about what you do, it's about who you are;
-- When you change someone else's life, it changes you;
-- Making a difference is contagious;
-- You don't have to change the world ... just change the world for one.
When confronted with an opportunity to make an impact, what will your response be? Like the 63 cadets this spring break, consider doing your part to "make an impact, not just an impression."