David Scott, Director of Sales, Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista, attended our inaugural Make-Happen in 2015. The ripple of his experience extends all the way to his native continent of Australia.
Make / Happen helps build a sense of urgency in yourself that eliminates any hesitancy when an opportunity arises.
Take this example involving a good friend of mine, Bill Williams, and his wife Evonne. Over the years, they’ve sent more than 2,000 veterans from World War II and Korea on Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. On June 6, they will do the same for a group of Nebraska Vietnam combat veterans. Speaking with the Williamses about their plans – and the expectation that Nebraskans would step up, donate and make this a success – is motivating in itself.
Bill approached me about sleeping rooms the night before the flight. Originating from Australia, I suggested he invite a contingent of Australian Vietnam combat vets on the flight. Having lived in Omaha since 2002, I realized there was very little civilian knowledge of Australia’s participation in the Vietnam war. Those vets returned to Australia with the same negative experience that took place in the USA. (This is part of the reason for the overwhelming positive response that our forces traveling to and from Iraq and Afghanistan receive today.)
I am happy to confirm we have a decorated Australian Vet joining the Air-Lift. In Washington DC, the Head of Defense from the Australian Embassy will meet the 500+ Vets at the Vietnam War Memorial to participate in what will be the largest contingent of Vietnam Vets to visit the “Wall” from any single state.
The influence of Make / Happen was to do just that – make this happen.