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Today's leaders find inner strength and rise up to major challenges by realizing they can and do make a difference. Individuals count.
It takes all the saltwater drops to create an ocean. It takes one match to light a fire. And it takes only one person to ignite positive change for humanity.
Martin Luther King Jr. championed for equal rights. Rachel Carson defended the environment and Duke Kahanamoku turned the whole world on to surfing.
Every individual possesses the power within to help make the world a better place. It starts with caring and comes down to focus, intent and choice. Whether picking up garbage off the beach with no one around to see or giving a stirring speech about the environment to millions of viewers, simple thoughts and actions by a few can make a huge difference for many.
One man's thought can cause a swell revolution of hope and change. One man's actions can create positive far-reaching waves of peace and prosperity. One man can impact our world for better achieving longlasting results for generations to come.
Every wave has a cause to create it. Strong winds are the cause of most waves. Air molecules grab onto water molecules creating a flow of energy through water. In time, air molecules grabbing water molecules increases the swells that travel great distances. As a swell nears the shore, it encounters resistance and causes faster, top-moving energy to spill over slower-moving bottom energy, thus creating a wave.
Though the life of a wave may be limited to a brief time, its effects can go on. Everyone has the ability to create longlasting waves.
Like a wave that comes and goes quickly, we are all only here for a brief time. So, it is important to make our time count. Everyone carries his or her own personal ocean within. It is up to each individual to know what they want to do with it.
Joan Kroc tapped her inner ocean to help others. She did not surf but she did know how to create waves. Though she has passed on, the waves of her life's work continue to reach distant shores benefiting all mankind.
Kroc's significant contributions to humanity were more than economic, they were an example of one person helping many. Her life is a good example to follow, she made her time count by helping society and it still goes on.
With knowledge comes responsibility to our world, our country, our communities and, most importantly, to ourselves. We all set an example for others by our conduct, words and deeds.
The speed of a wave is found at the top. In surfing and in life, it is always better to ride the high line. From the president to the professional surfer, we all affect each other. When you understand the importance of individual action you understand world action.
One person can influence many. Take responsibility to elevate yourself in every affair. Be the best you can be and those around you will rise in character. Compassion is contagious.
Fate is the hand you are dealt. Destiny is what you do about it. If the waves are not just right, one can complain, but it is better using the time to prepare for better days.
If the world is not perfect, do not wait for others to make things better. Take responsibility, become a leader for positive change starting with yourself. Be the change you would like to see in the world.
Individual effort counts. Amazingly, when you do the right thing, others become influenced and follow suit. Just like a wave that radiates ever forward, good works go on.
See you in the surf.
E-mail surfing experts Michael and Milton Willis at

The surfing phenomenon

Strong currentsBy the Willis Brothers
Popular around the world, surfing has only just begun to be discovered by the masses. Once an esoteric art known only to a few, surfing is now a world wide phenomenon practiced by millions. The positive effects of the surfing culture and lifestyle are becoming greater in society by the instant. Just a few short moments ago surfing barely showed up on the back page of the sports page, now surfing appears everywhere including motion pictures, television, advertising, literature, magazines, art, music, philosophy and much more. What is the reason for surfing’s seemingly overnight explosion. in popularity? What’s so great about surfing?Surfing is gaining in popularity because of exposure and because it is a good thing. Before very few practiced or even knew much about surfing and its benefits. With the onslaught of media exposure, more people than ever before now know about surfing. Though the media attracts, surfing’s substance sustains. Once exposed to surfing many find themselves seduced not just with the waves but also the surfing lifestyle and philosophy. People talk, Word of mouth helps to spread the gospel of surfing more than anything. Once people find out about surfing through media or other sources they immediately tell five friends.Surfing is more accessible than ever before. There use to be very little information around about waves, surfing and surfboards. There were no such things as surfing schools. Even if one wanted to surf it was difficult to know where to begin. Now quality surfing schools and surfing programs exist throughout the world. The learning curve for surfers that take lessons is ten fold that of others that do not take lessons. Surfers who take proper lessons learn more in three days than surfers on their own learn in one year. Proper surfing information gives many the understanding and confidence to try surfing who other wise may not have. Everyone now has access to surfing information that only a few short years ago would have been difficult or even impossible to attain.Surfing is a state of mind, an attitude, a soul expression. There is something different in the way most surfers think. Surfing benefits the mind even more than it benefits the body. It’s the surfers mindset and attitude that many desire to attain. In a way, surfing is to the west as Zen is to the east.Surfing has and will continue to make an overwhelming impression that will be felt through society and the world. Surfers in early times had different priorities. The missionaries believed the Hawaiians were crazy when they would drop everything to go surfing. In reality the Hawaiians did not drop anything, they picked up on what they perceived as the highest use of their time. Sometimes we are too busy trying to live to appreciate living. Surfers have always had a different value system, life is meant to be lived. No amount of money can bring back a day. Perhaps what the world needs is a different value system were people appreciate nature, feeling free and living to the fullest —- surfing well represents these quality values.As long as surfing symbolizes freedom and the basic liberties to enjoy a moment, surfing will ever grow in popularity. It takes a lot to become a surfer, one has to be ready to live life to the fullest.Surfing experts the Willis brothers are recognized for surfing the world’s largest waves and teaching thousands to successfully surf. They can be reached at

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