Presentation on theme: "That’s my story. What’s yours? David Williams President/CEO Leadership Memphis."— Presentation transcript:
That’s my story. What’s yours? David Williams President/CEO Leadership Memphis
The Sunrise Context The average person lives to see 25,000 sunrises during their lifetime What are you doing with each of the sunrises given to you? How many more sunrises do you have to do what you want to do?
How we use sunrises become our stories - and why stories matter… Most commonly stories describe what we have done with our lives… Our stories define us to a degree… Stories can be used to visualize where we are going with our lives… Stories teach us IF we are willing to listen and learn from them…
The power of a story… The closest distance between two people is a story… Two sides to a story – and it is important to hear them both… Stories have a beginning, middle and an end… Stories can live on and on and on…
Everybody has a story…
My story began day one…
My baby story…
My first community experience story…
Community ICE Involved Committed Engaged Clean-Up Memphis in May Book Sale Run/Walk 5K Ronald McDonald House Senior Center Deliver Meals Mentor Boards Scout Leader 1 Time per month6 Times per month12+ Times per month
1 out of 4 people in Memphis has a bachelors degree or better 200,000 people in Memphis have started a degree but have not completed one
Lot’s of stories… Everyone has one (at least one) What’s your story? Is it written yet? Is it too late to start? Can your story be re-written? What do you want your story to be?
A community is a collection of stories… Stories are the history of its people The three “C’s” of a community story Curiosity Courage Commitment
A few quotes of note…. The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark. - Michelangelo
A few quotes of note… I cannot be all I ought to be until you are all you ought to be. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A few quotes of note… Every sunrise is filled with potential – the potential for you to do something great – even in a small way, the potential for you to do something to make your community a better place – even in a simple way, and the potential to create a story from which others can learn – intentionally and in your own way. - David Williams