Leave A Trail
The quote below by Ralph Waldo Emerson has always been one of my favorite motivational quotes! You can’t really be a great leader if you never have the courage to think outside the box and be a trailblazer. The position of Leadership suggests that you are ahead of the crowd and have the opportunity to forge a new course.
“Do not go where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The first year I decided to create a philanthropic program for my medical practice, I pondered for weeks about exactly what to create. I decided to create a Back to School Sock Drive as a networking event at a local restaurant. Guests come out, enjoy good food at a local restaurant, network and bring new socks to donate for kids who go back to school every year without acceptable socks to wear. In the two years that I’ve held the Knock Your Socks Off Back to School Sock Drive, I’ve collected over 2,500 pair of socks for children in need in the Nashville Community! Since I began holding the annual event, I’ve had people ask me how to plan similar type events for organizations they are a part of.
The sock drive started with a tiny idea in my head to give back to the community in a creative way. I didn’t want to repeat what someone else was already doing and decided to forge my own path. Visionary Leadership will require you to forge a new path every once in a while – lean into it!
This post is part of a series on Leadership presented by Dr. Carmen April. She is a young entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a 2013 Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient and is currently a 2014 New Leaders Council Fellow – Nashville Chapter. Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Entrepreneurship for college students and young professionals.