Yesterday was a career day in Chesterton, Indiana! Each time I've set a new mark I've said, "I can never top this" but this time I think I'm sure.
Today is my third day in Chesterton and getting here was rather a neat chain of event. It all started by a parent with a couple kids with Asperger diagnosis wanting me to speak in the schools. She saw me on WGN last spring during my tour. She sought out the funding and the Duneland YMCA came on board to sponsor and from all that I have been on a whirlwind tour of the area.
Monday night I had an open to the public presentation and despite the snow, 100 people showed up. Yesterday I spoke to three different schools and spoke to half the high school. It was four presentations and at the end of the day I spoke to 2,001 people.
After my four presentations I had a hard time the rest of the day putting in perspective the impact of such a day. I'll have that feeling again, today, as I have three presentations and when it is all said and done every student from 5th grade to a senior in high school in the town of Chesterton will have heard me speak.
So what does this all mean? If we're speaking strictly numbers my yearly numbers will eclipse 10,000 today which is probably impressive. But, to be able to speak to every student like I have? What does that mean? What's the impact?
Several times yesterday during the Q & A segments, I gave an answer of where I was four years ago. Never could I have imagined a day like yesterday. I'm pretty sure I would have said that winning the Powerball lottery would have better odds than me being a speaker like this. And yet, I come back to the question, what's the impact?
It's easy to understand the impact when you reach one parent, but 2,001 students? As I think about this I almost shake at the scope of this. And since the scope is so great I don't know if we can even measure the everlasting effects from yesterday.
Whatever the impact is, it's time for me to leave to do it all over again today. I'm going to remember these three days in Chesterton forever!