10 + 125 = 800,000,000?

Navy Admiral William H. McRaven gave the commencement speech at the University of Texas last week.    You can read the entire article here, but I’m going to write about a number of the things he said, because I don’t believe he realized he was addressing the orphan crisis, but he was.  


“That great paragon of analytical rigor, Ask.Com says that the average American will meet 10,000 people in their lifetime.

That’s a lot of folks.

But, if every one of you changed the lives of just ten people—and each one of those folks changed the lives of another ten people—just ten—then in five generations—125 years—the class of 2014 will have changed the lives of 800 million people.

800 million people—think of it—over twice the population of the United States. Go one more generation and you can change the entire population of the world—8 billion people.”

So, think about it, if each of us influences the lives of 10 people and they all make a difference for 10 people and repeat  the process over and over, that is some seriously life changing numbers.

So, don’t ask whether your drop in the bucket will make a difference.

Instead, ask, what 10 people can I make an impact on?

And more importantly, which 10 vulnerable children can I have an impact on?

Want to change the world?   Want to impact the millions of children who need help?    Go get 10 more people involved in helping.

More to come…….



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