The National Society of Leadership and Success
Building leaders who make a better world

Michael Green
University of Central Florida

As a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success, I personally grew from the benefits associated with being a member. The video conferences I attended attributed to a new outlook I had on my personal goals and my awareness of my potential. I thought as I viewed the speakers that some of their ideas were somewhat far-fetched, but I realized the theme in all the speakers. They were sometimes not to be taken literally, but I was meant to read between the lines. I learned not how to act to be successful, but how to think. The way I thought about helping people really jump-started my energy to take action and help out. I taught myself from the material presented to members that if I think and believe I am making a difference, my body will follow and I will reach that goal.

One personal goal that I set during my SNT meetings turned out to be the biggest life-changing experience that I never thought I would have. As a senior in college, about to graduate in a world of high unemployment, low esteem, low confidence, and low morale, I questioned my purpose. I wondered what I should become, and what to do with my life. When I asked this question, I thought and thought but couldn't figure out the answer. I began to think about the answers to the questions I was asked during my Leadership Training Day. I noticed that many of my answers ran together into a general theme. Most of my answers centered around the fact that I wanted to help people. In particular, I found that I focused most on helping youth, both middle class and underprivileged. I had discovered my theme.

I have always been around children, and many times responsible for the safety of children. It was something I was passionate about. After considering the theme of my answers to the Leadership Training Day, I found myself watching America's Most Wanted, where they were airing a documentary about one man who had rounded up some underprivileged teenage females who were headed for trouble and had taken them to visit a state prison for women. He had arranged for volunteer prisoners to talk these girls out of the bad life they were headed for. The feeling I got while watching this show was unexplainable. It had seemed as if I would never find my true passion, my life's calling. But when I saw this show, after considering everything that had been floating around in my mind, I knew I had found my passion. I knew that I wanted to protect children. I wanted to protect them from crimes against them, as well as crimes they could commit against their lives.

So, after all the time throughout my college career that I had spent thinking about what I will do with my life, it was the NSLS, and my Leadership Training Day experience, that brought out my true passion and my call to duty. I have never felt such a strong sense of purpose as I did when I realized what I want to do. I felt it right at that moment, and since that moment this flame has not died down. Now with my clear sense of purpose, I can only hope this flame, my vision, will spread like wildfire.