Making Your Life Count as a Leader

Are you using your life to have an impact on others?


John Williams, founder of Life That Counts, discusses one question leaders should ask when thinking about how to make their lives count:

“Where do you want to be five years from now?”

It seems like a simple question, but it’s one that can help you discover your purpose. Watch the video to hear John’s story behind why this question is so important to ask.

The Life that Counts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is committed to helping students make better decisions for healthy outcomes. The way that we accomplish that mission is by two things. We provide positive youth development solutions for schools, primarily middle and high schools. We do work in some elementary schools. In addition to those yearlong peer mentoring programs, we provide character education assemblies for schools. That's an opportunity, that's a platform for me to share my story with students and some of the things that I overcame earlier in life growing up.

In peer-to-peer mentoring, we recruit upperclassmen students, guys and girls, to work with underclassmen, and we begin with this big question in our mentor groups, "Where do you want to be five years from now? Where do you want to be? Where do you want to be?"

For a lot of kids, when we go into schools, so we're asking a freshman, "Where do you want to be five years from now, what do you want to do after high school?" And this question really comes from, again, my own personal experience. I was 19 years old and where the question, "Where do you want to be five years from now?" comes in is around that time, I was in the car with my best friend's dad, his name's Steve, and we had just won this three on three basketball tournament. And I was sharing with Steve what was going on in my life, the way that I was feeling, was just kind of down. I said, "Steve, you know my background, you know where I come from."

And I look at Steve, and I say, "Steve, I don't know if I want to really even go on." Steve, pulled the car over, stopped.

And he says, "John," he says, "you can't do anything about where you are right now. You can't do anything about your grades. You earned those. You can't do anything about your family. That is just the way it is. You can't do anything about nothing right now where you are. But you can do everything about where you are five years from now."

And when Steve said that there were very specific things that came to mind that I wanted to do and where I wanted to be at in the next five years. I wanted to be married to my high school sweetheart, I wanted to have started a family, I wanted to be living out of state, I wanted to be serving in youth work, and I wanted to be going to a particular college. And by my 23rd birthday, all five of those were a reality.

For me, I want my life to count. I want my life to have meaning. I want to use my life to make an impact on others. I want to use my life so that when my time is said and done, I'll be able to put my head on whatever pillow that is and know that I did the best that I could do and I didn't leave anything out.
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John Williams

John Williams' mission is to help others take radical ownership for every element of their lives. He is passionate and driven for cultural change for students and wherever people desire to do better than yesterday.

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