I am milling around the lobby of the Hershey Lodge for the APCA Regional Conference this weekend. I was excited to see that there is also a DECA State Conference here this weekend! I competed at the state level for DECA in high school and many of the lessons I learned from DECA have served me well in starting and running my own business today. So I went up to a group of DECA students this morning and struck up a conversation. Shy is the only word I can say. Shy! These students are spending their weekend at a conference designed to prepare them for the world of business. Meanwhile, in the same lobby that they hang out in are TONS of entrepreneurs and folks who have years of experience in the world of business. Some of the agencies and businesses here at APCA have been in this industry for decades. And most of the businesses here do it all. You know that Staples commercial where one guy is the Marketing Specialist, Salesman, Copy Machine Maintenance Specialist, Graphic Designer, etc etc etc! That’s what this world is all about. I’m not saying these DECA students could learn anything from me, but they could certainly learn a ton from any number of folks also milling about this lobby.
So for my APCA students! Don’t Be Shy. Make the most of this weekend. Get up early and stay up late. And the Top 3 Ways to maximize this weekend??? NETWORK. NETWORK. NETWORK. For once in your life, defy your Mother and introduce yourself to strangers! Well to put in better, introduce yourself to people you don’t know. Who are well dressed and in this hotel. Not total strangers of course.
Don’t Be Shy this weekend. ‘Live Life Outside The Zone’ this weekend.
If you’re like me, you LOVE the Olympics! While watching the Olympics yesterday with my girl-friend Danielle, we both noticed something unique about the snowboarders. They didn’t appear to be nearly as competitive as the other athletes. For example, when the favored figure skater Ashley Wagner finished a run that was very good but not perfect, she was visibly pissed! When super star skier Bode Miller, who already has 5 Olympic medals to his name with 1 of them being Gold, did not medal in his run he was also visibly pissed! Yet when the snowboarders did not medal, they didn’t seem to care. They laughed and shrugged their shoulders. All of them! Regardless of country, age, experience, or how far off the podium they were. They were…cool with it? Likewise, those that won were…cool with it. Don’t get me wrong, Jamie Anderson was super happy BUT I wouldn’t call her ecstatic. When Sage Kotsenburg, Gold medalist snowboarder, was interviewed on the Today Show this morning, he said he did a jump in his Gold medal winning run that he has never done before! He said it just felt right at the moment. For me, this is a new kind of competitive. These snowboarders are clearly world class athletes and want to win, but they also seem to clearly and genuinely just really enjoy their sport. Win or lose, they have a smile on their face and love what they are doing. Genuinely. I admire this because I am someone who hates to lose much more than I love to win. This can be a frustrating dynamic when times get tough. I admire how these people who are the top of their respective fields seem to find a way to compete on a world stage (literally!) yet not yet defeat worry them, prevent them from taking risks, or ruin their experience. As someone who speaks to students about maximizing their college EXPERIENCE, I think I have a lot to learn from these snowboarders.
What do you think? Did you not see what I saw? Am I way off? I would love to know what you think about this. Comment below!
In this quick and easy read, Deepak Chopra distinguishes between Ego and Self. The distinction is very important and it is explained here in a way that only Deepak can! Phenomenal read and I would love to hear what you take from this perspective of the two motivations. Knowing that I will never remember everything, I tried to pull the biggest Impact Quotes for my current life. My take home is this:
1. Keep external rewards in perspective
2. Use power to benefit as many people as possible
3. Base self-confidence on knowledge and insight
4. Prefer excellence over winning, and enjoy those times when the two coincide.
What do you take away? Comment or message me your Impact Quotes from this article!