Zig On…Being in a Gang. By Zig Ziglar
Some gangs are good. I realize that when you say the word “gang,” most people react with fear, disgust, apprehension and other negative feelings. There is, however, a more positive view of the word “gang.” One of the reasons young people get involved in gangs is because, across the board, they are accepted without judgment or criticism. There’s a degree of loyalty in those gangs that appeals to young people. In addition, gangs have leaders and the members actually learn some leadership principles from those leaders. The gang member knows that he or she is accepted and there’s a degree of security which goes with having some friends you can be with and with having your acceptance assured.
In addition to all of those things, some gangs have notable records of achievement. I’m thinking of one gang, for example, which produced eleven of the twelve astronauts who walked on the moon. It also produced a disproportionate share of Rhodes Scholars, college and military academy graduates, and business, professional and community leaders. This gang, with over four million members, also helps many youngsters find their niche in life through its “Career Discovery Program.” Future doctors, lawyers, teachers, technicians and communications specialists, etc., result.
By now you probably suspect that I am talking about the Boy Scouts of America and you’re absolutely right. A highlight of my life occurred when I was elected to the Advisory Board of the Boy Scouts of America, so I am now a member of that gang.
Question: Why are Boy Scouts so successful in life? Part of the reason has to do with the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and the Scout Motto, which I will explore in subsequent columns. In the meantime, I encourage you, especially if you are a single parent or if you are living in the “inner city,” to get involved in the Scouting movement. For more information call the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. Take that action and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator. He is the author of 28 books and numerous audio and video recordings. He brings his message of hope to thousands on the stage at the Get Motivated Seminars.