Wednesday / September 17, 2014

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Lessons From The Garden

Lessons From The Garden

It’s cliché, but life really is like a garden. Not only are there applicable analogies with the soil, sunlight, weeding, and so forth, there is also the experience and change of seasons. We are all in the same season right now here at Impact 360. At the beginning of last week, we were discussing with Dr. John Basie the parable of Jesus concerning the sower and the seeds (Matthew 13). The seed represents the …

Friday / September 12, 2014

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A New Year

A New Year

It’s officially been over a week now since we’ve all moved into our new homes. The syllabus has been distributed, the papers have been started, the excitement is leveling, and now a choice is at hand. To resolve or not resolve, that is the question. It would be easy to take things as they come, to be passive and disengaged, but what benefit is there to that? Ease, perhaps, but only temporarily, and surely not as …

Friday / September 5, 2014

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Let the Adventure Begin

Let the Adventure Begin

It’s here. It’s FINALLY here! Tuesday the newest class of Impact 360 students descended on the small town of Pine Mountain, Georgia. With U-Haul’s in tow, boxes in hand and even a pink moped charged and ready to go, 41 students received the keys to their new dorm rooms.

This is a class full of go-getters. Hours, and even days, before the official check-in process began the class of 2015 was standing outside their locked doors Instagramming pictures …

Monday / September 1, 2014

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5 Things the “Quarter-Life Crisis” Taught Me

5 Things the “Quarter-Life Crisis” Taught Me

Today is September 1st, 2014 and I have been 22 for almost six months. As graduation shifts from a distant goal to a nearing reality, I’ve decided to take a moment, drink a pumpkin spice latte (it is September now after all) and reflect on the last 180 days or so.

As I think back, for starters, the past few months of my life have more closely resembled “Wrecking Ball” than any Taylor Swift music …

Thursday / August 28, 2014

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Dream Big.

Dream Big.

I’m not sure about where you live, but around here kids are starting back to school. Big yellow school buses are filling the streets this morning, and blackboards will soon be filled with names and equations and “I will not…” statements over and over and over.

But this is an exciting time of year and one in which kids of all ages will start to dream.

With shaky handwriting they’ll scribble:

“I want to be an astronaut.”
“I want …

Thursday / August 14, 2014

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An empty leader has nothing left to give.

An empty leader has nothing left to give.

Sometimes leaders get empty. Sometimes leaders break down. Sometimes leaders lose their way. And often, it’s because they made one critical mistake: They tried to manage other people before they managed themselves.

The temptation is to think that being a “servant leader” means constantly putting the needs of others ahead of your own . The idea is that to really give as a leader, to be available and accessible at all times, you have to put …

Monday / August 11, 2014

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Begin with the end in mind & stay in it!

Begin with the end in mind & stay in it!

The Zambezi River in Africa is a long, winding river that starts in Zambia and stretches more than 2,200 miles through four other African countries before emptying into the Indian Ocean.

Thrill seekers love the river because of its incredible beauty and treacherous rapids. In the United States, the highest-rated (legal) rapids are Class Five, but in Zambia, there are no such restrictions, so visitors are able to brave Class Seven and Eight rapids at their …

Thursday / August 7, 2014

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Be a butterfly.

Be a butterfly.

(“Butterfly Effect” painting by Joey Santiago)

Have you ever heard of the Butterfly Effect?

Supposedly it is a mathematical theory that shows how even the slightest change at one place can eventually result in vastly larger difference at a later place. Please note that this theory has been argued and dismissed by as many as have accepted it, so please, no letters. Just humor us for a minute, because we’re about to make a cool observation.

The term “butterfly …

Wednesday / August 6, 2014

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Step up.

Step up.

Vision must be followed by venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.

Contentment is a good thing, but you don’t have to stay there. Being content means being satisfied with your capacity. Growth is about moving towards your potential. 
And frankly, reaching for your potential is much more fun and satisfying than simply arriving at your capacity.

Leadership takes vision. It takes thinking long and hard about …

Wednesday / July 30, 2014

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Growing Leaders. In Community.

Growing Leaders. In Community.

At Gap Year, we pride ourselves on growing leaders, and we always seem to start with a great foundation. Each year, we are blessed with a great group of students who were –more often than not—the best and the brightest in their high schools, and they come to us eager to learn and grow as individuals.

And that’s where community comes in.

A lot of aspiring leaders make the mistake of being inward-focused with an “I’ve got …