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Blessing in Disguise

Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to celebrate graduation from grad school with a trip to Torunrtorontoonto.  At the time the trip was just another vacation.  Little did I know it would have such a tremendous impact on my life…

Traveling to another country is always scary.  Try doing it without a cellphone with a group of individuals you’ve only had class with.  I was a little uneasy to say the least.  “You only start living once you’re outside your comfort zone”.  I don’t think this quote could be more true.  I was forced to navigate through a country I didn’t know with people I didn’t know.  I quickly learned what an amazing experience life can be when you put down the cell phone and interact with people you wouldn’t normally engage in conversation with.  I learned so much about the country from the locals and was able to build friendships with people I would not have been friends with.

Why is this important to you?  We live in a society which ignores the basic enjoyments of life.  We are overwhelmed by materialistic goods which don’t provide life value.  We are programmed to think you can’t impact the world unless we are impacting millions of individuals.  But I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  The University of Nevada, Reno is providing students an opportunity to explore global business while earning college credits all while networking.

The leaders in the College of Business have created an educational experience which is changing the lives of their students. The program provides students with an insight about Canada’s culture, history, and fundamentals for international business operations. The class is structured to have pre-course work  followed by a week in Toronto.  The instructors, Dean Greg Mosier and Jim McClenehan arrange business tours with top executives.  Students gain valuable insight from the nontraditional educational experience.   During our time in Toronto, we met with top executives from organizations such as Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Transit Commission, and Woodbine Entertainment. During the day, we toured the city and met with businesses.  During the evening, students took the opportunity to debrief about the learning experience all while networking with fellow students.

If there is one thing I would recommend to fellow students at the University of Nevada, Reno; it would be the Extended Studies Global Business program.  I regret not taking advantage of this program sooner.  This program teaches students more than you’ll ever learn in a book, while providing you the opportunity to network with colleagues and executives. Don’t let this life changing opportunity pass you by! I’m glad I didn’t.

Cheers!

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Are you an Everday Leader?

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everyday we are faced with a decision.  One that most don’t truly grasp the magnitude of. It is the decision of what we are going to do with our lives.

Are you an Everyday Leader? Over the last few months I have been blogging about everyday leaders in my area. Every leader I have interviewed has had their own idea of how to achieve success.  But they all have the same underlying theme.  There are no secrets.  You want success?  You’ve got to put in the hard work to get it.  Success to me, is a combination of failures, determination, sweat and tears. I know where I want to go, and I know what I need to do to get there.

Decide today, what you want to do and how you’re going to accomplish it.  But remember, you’re going to fail along the way.  It is the way we react when these failures come along that makes us great.  So, I challenge you to be the best you can be.   To Challenge the Norm and Become an Everyday Leader! And I hope the stories of the leaders I continue to blog about inspire you to not only take control of your life but to become the very best person you can be.


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Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone

The more I talk about Challenging the Norm the more I am understanding why so many just settle for the “norm”.  It’s not simply laziness, rather, it seems to be because people don’t know what they want out of life.  People know what they like, but they don’t have a true understanding of what they love. So they continue to live their lives, trotting along because it’s what is normal.

My suggestion.  Start learning from those around you.  There is greatness in everyone, you just have to embrace it.  There are so many everyday leaders out there.  You may be surprised what you learn.  In fact, one of these individuals may inspire you to Challenge the Norm in something you never knew you were passionate about.

I absolutely love Neale Walsch’s outlook on life.  “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.  So if you’re feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is a beginning, not an ending”.  Don’t just settle for a normal life.   Challenge it.  Become a leader in your life by doing what you are passionate about.  It may be scary, but just like Walsch says, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Want to hear inspiring stores about individuals who have stepped out of their comfort zone, Challenged the Norm, and become great leaders?  If you answered yes, follow this blog to hear more.


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What it means to Challenge the Norm

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everyday we are faced with a decision.  One that most don’t truly grasp the magnitude of. It is the decision of what we are going to do with our lives.

Our society is becoming more and more lax about what we expect from others. We go about our daily tasks, whether it be school, work, family with no true passion. This concept of simply completing daily tasks has become sufficient.  Fewer and fewer people are challenging themselves.  Saying I want to be better than I was yesterday and this is how I am going to do it, is becoming a rarity.  Do you want to challenge the norm? Or is mediocrity what you want out of life?

Well, that is where the idea of this blog came from.  People ask me all the time how a person of my age can be so successful.  Want to know the truth?  There are no secrets.  You want success?  You’ve got to put in the hard work to get it.  Success to me, is a combination of failures, determination, sweat and tears. I know where I want to go, and I know what I need to do to get there.

So when you get up tomorrow, take action of your aspirations.  Do you want to be the leader all your colleagues talk about? Do you want to be the next sports star?  Do you want to be the CEO of your company? What ever it is.  Decide today, what you want to do and how you’re going to accomplish it.  But remember, you’re going to fail along the way.  It is the way we react when these failures come along that makes us great.  So, I challenge you to be the best you can be.   To Challenge the Norm! And I hope the stories of the leaders I blog about inspire you to not only take control of your life but to become the very best person you can be.

Cheers.