3 Key Benefits to Building Upon “Islands of Health and Strength”
1. Building on Islands of Health and Strength Maximize and Sustain Change.
A trap that some people fall into is the idea of “making it happen” with pure grit. They’re after the “start-up thrill” and while there’s nothing wrong with that, we should be aware that sometimes the most impact can happen when we partner with others on the journey.
I think of this like heli-skiing. You could either trek up a mountain with skis on your back OR you could be quickly dropped in via helicopter at the top and ski down. When you start something new, it can be like struggling up a mountain with all your gear and equipment. You may eventually get to the top, but it will take a lot more time and effort and, for me, I prefer the head start and the freedom to enjoy the ride.
I’ve seen this time and time again through my work with Bridge2Rwanda (B2R). The B2R team is dedicated to building a life-long Fellowship of high-capacity, African leaders to accelerate the growth of their countries and transform the lives of others. Through the B2R Leadership Academy and The BRIDGE Career Services Group, nearly 300 of Africa’s brightest students have won over $60M in full ride scholarships to the most prestigious universities in the US. As these Scholars graduate and return to their countries they become the next generation of high-capacity CEOs, business leaders and world-changers. At the same time, the BRIDGE is creating sustainable impact by connecting employers to this impressive group thus creating opportunities for Africa’s young talent to return home and use their skills, experience and passion to embrace the continent’s greatest challenges.
2. Building on Islands of Health and Strength Increase Your Speed to Impact.
After being connected with the global network of friends that Bridge2Rwanda engages, I can’t imagine starting something on my own. Picking a location, accumulating funding and mapping out a plan would have taken valuable time. And it would have taken years to iron out the details of starting an organization from scratch. There is value in gleaning wisdom from those who have gone before you and have already “paid the dumb tax” associated with inexperience.
Through talking with a Halftime Coach, I was connected to some Halftimers who were already doing the kind of work to which I felt called. I leaned into the process and, on my low-cost probe to Rwanda, saw and explored the efforts that were already in motion. God was already at work…I just needed to join Him. I cannot recommend enough the benefit of participating in low-cost probes! This is an effective way to meet and work with an organization to discern where God may be leading you. This will reduce the time and pain of committing too early to an organization that isn’t the best fit. And, as my friend and colleague, John Leffin, shared recently, low-cost probes help protect the expectations of all involved.
3. Building on Islands of Health and Strength Give You Freedom to Operate In Your Sweet Spot.
The larger and healthier the organization, the more space there is to plug into your specific sweet spot. Instead of spreading yourself thin by wearing a multitude of hats, it may be helpful to look for a setting where you can utilize your unique strengths and passions.
I am a maximizer. I have a passion for helping others realize their potential and getting them connected to opportunities where they can live out that potential. For me, B2R fits like a perfect puzzle piece. I get to use my unique talents and witness the best and the brightest college students creating ripple effects in their communities. The truth is, each one of the B2R students are islands of health and strength in their own right, but Rosine’s story is a favorite of mine.
Rosine is a mighty force who graduated in 2018 from Babson College with a degree in Accounting & Entrepreneurship. Instead of accepting a well-paying offer to stay and work in the United States, Rosine returned home, studied agribusiness, and is now working to improve the agriculture sector for the entire country of Rwanda. Working for Bridge2Rwanda, Rosine runs demo farms and training centers in conjunction with Foundations for Farming, the Department of Agriculture, and the University of Rwanda. By farming in this way, she can increase yields 4-6x. Talk about a leveraged impact! Her work will impact thousands of local farmers who, by learning these techniques, can feed their families and earn a living all while learning about stewardship of the land God has provided.
Dale Dawson, B2R Founder and Halftime Institute Board Member, once told me “What you do in your second half should be as easy as breathing.” I can say that by plugging into the Islands of Health and Strength I’ve found, it is as easy as breathing for me and brings more joy than I can express. You can check out this article featuring Dale for more thoughts on achieving exponential impact like this.
Whether it’s working with a ministry in Africa, or engaging right in your own neighborhood, there is great benefit in partnering with others to live out your calling of making a difference for good. So, how can you take the next step today?
If you’re not sure exactly what your strengths or passions are, or how to take that next step, we’d love to help you explore that with a Halftime Certified™ Coach. Learn how our programs can help equip you for impact.