Students get tired; tired of school, work, chores, pessimism, the winter, the lack of caramel drizzle on your favorite coffee that you get every morning, the list goes on!
But we push through and somehow make it out of bed every morning to reach a goal, turn in a homework assignment or survive another exam etc.
This past Thursday, March 17th, Members of AKPsi were fortunate to have listened to a different kind of Professional Speaker. One whose words were just the right kind of push students needed as they're worn out from the stresses of the everyday college life. Brian Casey, a 2005 Graduate of the University of Florida with a Degree in Journalism & Communications, took a different approach when speaking to us. Having been named the youngest Head Football Coach in Illinois in 2010, and having coached now-thriving teams at both Aurora Central Catholic High School and Montini Catholic High School over the past 5 years, Brian Casey knows a thing or two about leadership.
Being a leader isn't about how many awards you've received over the years, or having some secret formula that will push you to your limits. Mr. Casey described the key take aways of his talk with 7 absolutes of being a leader, that if implemented everyday will not only change the way you approach college, but your life! They include:
1. People do not care what you know, until they know how much you care!
2. People follow leaders of integrity
3. Be Morally Courageous
4. Seek to Serve Rather than Rule
5. Lead with Energy, Passion and Enthusiasm
6. Perspective and Response
7. Be Someone who is Hard to Discourage
What stood out to me the most was his mention of Charles R. Swindoll (Author of the Grace Awakening) that "life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it". By living according to these 7 simple, yet powerful takeaways, you can create an energy that will nurture buy-in with a group of individuals to strive for their best and reach new heights together!
Thanks again Mr. Casey for taking the time out of your day! We truly appreciate everything you had to say.