Both the article and the interview ended with Christensen’s conclusion that the metric by which his life will be assessed will be the lives of the people whose lives he has touched in a positive way. Personalizing that point of view, the judgment of my life and how I have used my talents and gifts, will be in the number of people that I have helped reach their full potential. I believe that this is exactly the goal of after-school programs—to create a high quality program that provides youth an opportunity to make the unique contribution to the world that only they can make. For Consult 4 Kids, we believe that the best way for after-school programs to make this impact on youth, it to provide a comprehensive staff development program that ensures that staff will conceptually experience exactly what you want youth to experience when they are with your frontline staff. In other words, it is the creation of a parallel structure that works with staff and students as well. What a perfect stage after-school provides for us to do our work!
Christensen states that we must each create a strategy for our lives and suggests that this can be done by answering three questions:
“How can I be sure that I’ll be happy in my career?
How can I be sure that my relationships with my spouse and family become an enduring source of happiness?
How can I live my life with integrity?”
I recommend that you consider your answers to these three questions as you move toward setting your course for 2011.
 Christensen, Clay. How Will You Measure Your Life? Harvard Business Review. July-August, 2010. Ibid.