Impact. Yes, the word impact’s definition is to have an impact. It’s often used with or to impinge or make contact especially forcefully. How are you having an impact on someone else’s life?

What impact do you have on people? Here’s the funny thing. The average number of people at a wedding reception is about 200. What’s the average number of people at a funeral? 200. The number for two of the biggest life celebrations is about the same…200. The reality is you have the same number of people at the start of your life as you begin to mature into adulthood and becoming married as you do at the close of your life. How does that make you feel? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I want you to really think about this. Now, I don’t know about you but I want to impact more than 200 people. The impact is a huge thing and it can be small acts of kindness.

One of my proteges was a man named Josh Barron. Josh has gone on to bigger and better things beyond his relationship with me. Josh worked with a young couple, Ashly and Jeremy, who less than four years later, we’re no longer a couple as the young Groom died.

What kind of impact do you want to make?

Upon hearing this news, Josh and I decided to make an impact. We got in the car and drove over an hour away to make it to Jeremy’s funeral. I’m really glad we made it to his funeral because we were one of the few people beyond the family that was there. The look on Ashly’s face when we showed up was amazing. She was blown away that Josh and I had made the trip. She told us that working with us was one of the happiest days of her life, and she was glad we were there for it, and now we were showing support on one of the saddest days of her life as well, and she was forever grateful.

Whatever you do in life, have an impact. You can have an impact in small and large ways. You could train and develop young talent in your profession, you can just have a small act of kindness such as opening a door for someone. Let’s create a positive impact wherever you go. How will you impact those around you?

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