What is Your Moon Goal?
ST. LOUIS, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is commentary by Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, dean of the School of Business & Technology at Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
Today, July 20, 2009, marks the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing and moonwalk. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did what many considered impossible, that man could reach the moon, land and walk on the moon. It was the ultimate stretch goal that came to fruition.
Having suffered through assassinations of two public figures just the year prior and continuing to deal with a nation divided by rights issues and a lingering war in Vietnam, the country then, as now, clearly had seen brighter days. And yet, amidst all of these trials came a spark of glory, a dream of an accomplishment that would transcend all differences and bring inarguable unity to a fractured nation. What will be the modern version of our Moon Goal? Could it be universal healthcare, energy independence, sustained economic recovery and growth?
I have been thinking about what this means for today’s generation of young men and women. What will be our Moon Goal? Can we dare to set such a goal and are we possessed of the audacity to accomplish it? What will America be known and renowned for in 40 years? Can we dare to set a goal that will lead us to become the unquestionable leader in alternative energy and foster the political will to do what normally is humanly impossible?
Walking on the moon confirmed that great accomplishments can come out of great adversity.
Please don’t misunderstand my conjecture; I am not espousing that we seek to be first in anything or that we gauge our success by claiming to be the very best. Instead, I am challenging us to set a goal that will have a permanent impact on us and our world; one that will not be limited to just being the first or merely the best in our area. Our Moon Goal should be directly motivated at being the best for the world.
Today’s anniversary of the Apollo Mission validates the power of a stretch goal. It was once said that it all began from the conception of a dream to the lofty delivery from a simple but delicate physics of a bird in flight to the extra-terrestrial marvel of Neil Armstrong who took one small step for himself and a giant leap for mankind. As we celebrate we now look at that famous walk with a new appreciation for the creativity that is unique to America and ask the question – What is your Moon Goal for you and your organization; and what role will you play to ensure that your step, like that of Armstrong, makes a permanent impression?
Benjamin Ola. Akande, PhD Dean, School of Business & Technology Webster University July 20, 2009
SOURCE Webster University