Making Your Mark

Strategic Thinking about Lasting Significance

Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) was a British explorer who was one of the leading figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. In planning one expedition, he ran an ad in a London newspaper seeking those who might join him on that great voyage. The ad read:

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages. Bitter cold. Long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in event of success.”

He received over 5,000 responses.

Throughout history, there have been those who, like Shackleton and his men, feel that ships are safe in harbors, but that's not what ships are built for. For these people, the prospect of doing something significant has a very strong appeal, and when you look at the way they spend their time and money, and their tolerance for risk, that priority is in plain view.

As a class, no group understands and appreciates the prospect of significance more than those who have entered into the rest of faith. Now marching to a different drummer, their lives are transformed and transforming in the most profound and sublime way, and their universal and unwavering testimony is that the costs they have borne are a pittance compared to the life they have reaped.

In 1985, Sandy began an investigation into significance, and later that year, he started speaking on the prospect and process of living a life that God calls "significant."
Making Your Mark resonated with serious-minded people, word spread, and over the last thirty-plus years, reports from around the world have described the lectures as an inspired and instructive perspective on the subject.

It is from that lecture series that the idea for a book by the same title emerged. It is short – about fifty pages – and it
describes the views and values of those who have made a mark that will last for eternity. The chapter titles include:

  • The Definition of a Significant Life
  • The Force of a Significant Life
  • The Foundation of a Significant Life
  • The Test of a Significant Life
  • The Entrance to a Significant Life
You may download the first chapter as a PDF with our compliments, or a full copy in a variety of electronic formats. Visit our StoreFront to make your selection.

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