Lessons I Have Learned Along the Journey

A few weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity of speaking to a group of high school students from the HOSA, DECA, and NHS organizations.  They asked me to talk on a few leadership/business concepts or phrases that I commonly use or speak on in class.  Many former students have also shared with me that these same concepts greatly benefited them in college.  I wanted to share a few of those in this post.

Looking back at my past, I can now see how each experience I had, each relationship that I made, every failure I did, every success I made were the very things that have made me who I am today.

The very decisions I made 15-17 years ago in high school had a direct impact in the life that I live today.

Every moment. Every decision. Every relationship. Every experience. Is an opportunity to invest into your future. An opportunity to help you get one step closer to the goals and dreams you know and have or that will one day have.

Life is not a sprint.  It is a marathon. You might not see the path around the curve, but what you do now can and will prepare you for what is ahead.

Define purpose in every decision that you make now.  It will have a direct effect in your tomorrow.

Random points that I have learned along the way:

  • Define purpose
  • Define reality
  • Understand your target audience
  • Life is one big school. Learn something each day.
  • Life is one big game. Love the game. Compete to win.
  • Knowledge is power
  • Passion and motivation gets you started.  Discipline gets you through the finish line.
  • Business is all about the hustle
  • A risk is not a risk if you do your part to be prepared
  • Sweat equity is most powerful form of investment
  • Trust your gut
  • Use logic to make wise choices, but let passion fuel your drive
  • Work hard. Be persistent
  • You will get knocked down. Be willing to get back up and fight back
  • Be the true you
  • Be a pioneer
  • Don’t care of being right or wrong. Just be focused on what drives you forward
  • Think long term. Don’t focus on instant gratification
  • Leave a legacy. Make an impact
  • Your best story is who you are. What you have done. What you aspire to accomplish
  • If you are always looking for a scapegoat… you will lose
  • Carpe Diem

These are a few lessons that have helped drive my strategy and decisions throughout my education career and the development of Tumbleweed TexStyles.

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