If you follow me on social media, you know that last week was pretty much just me melting down every day over the LSAT. I felt so discouraged, but thanks to some really sweet friends, I decided to give the test a try, and I’ve created a backup plan in case law school doesn’t work out. But I’m feeling very optimistic. I had the opportunity to go to a Leadercast streaming last Friday, and it rocked my world.
In case you’re in need of inspiration like I have been, I wanted to share some of the tidbits that I learned from the speakers at the training. The theme this year was “The Brave Ones,” and I definitely needed to channel the brave girl that I know is deep inside of me!
- Andy Stanley, Leadership Communicator & Author – Andy described bold leadership as “a middle school girl in pursuit of an iPhone.” Think about it… Is there anything that a 14 year old girl that wants an iPhone won’t do?! Other things to think about – bold leaders refuse to be cowed by how. Bold leadership is not just for bold people, and it is not reserved for the fearless.
- Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP AE – Don’t obsess over your competition; focus on the white space they are yet to cover. I think that’s a big one for all bloggers to remember!
- Commader Rorke T. Denver, Navy SEAL Commander – Pain is one of fear’s agents… Lean into the pain! Studying sucks and studying makes me cry. But you know what? I think of leaning into the pain every time I study!
- Malala Yousafzai – Malala’s story is amazing. She’s been advocating rights for women’s education since she was 10 years old! If you ever get upset about studying or school related issues, just remember how blessed you are that you can actually get an education! Whenever I complain, I immediately think about Malala.
- Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos Quarterback – Learn to thrive on being uncomfortable. I want to tell y’all, this has been a big one for me. On my 23rd birthday, I made a goal for myself to do more things that make me uncomfortable; it’s no coincidence that I’ve grown so much as a person since my 23rd birthday.
- Seth Godin, Best-Selling Author – I had two major takeaways from this one. 1. “Be willing to bring tension.” How many times have we avoided a conversation or confrontation because it would bring tension? I’m definitely guilty as charged! 2. “It’s always too soon.” The example he gave for this one was the fax machine. It was too soon for the fax machine because if only one person owned one, who would they send faxes too, right?! If you wait around for the “perfect time,” you may be waiting around forever.
- Ed Catamull, President of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios – Ed talked about the way we view failure (I’m dumb/lazy/etc.) and the way that we should view failure (Try something; if it doesn’t work, learn from it, and do better next time.) I told myself I was dumb probably 60 times the first week that I studied for the LSAT…. No more!
- Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton – Mayor Brown defined bravery as the point where we decide to live and not just exist. I love that! She also shared that brave leaders are not super human, and they serve for the purpose, not the praise.
- Rudy Giuliani, 107th Mayor of NYC – Mayor Giuliani shared his six lessons of leadership – strong beliefs, optimism, bravery and courage, relentless preparation, teamwork, and communication. He was the last speaker of the day, and I hung on to every word that he said.
Now, on to what I wore…
Fridays are usually for jeans at work, so I practically begged my boss to let me wear my new white jeans to the streaming! But I lost and was told that I needed to dress up, so I went through my closet to find something comfy enough to sit in an auditorium chair all day. Classic Lilly dress to the rescue!
Leadercast was such an amazing experience! I’m actually thinking about going to the live event in Atlanta next year. Have any of y’all ever been to a streaming or the event? What did you think?
Happy Friday, y’all!