Monthly Archives: April 2013

Today was a tragic day for everyone all over the United States.  Earlier today, the Boston Marathon ending in horror as two bombs exploded near the finish line that killed three people and injured over 130.  When I saw this on the news I almost dropped to my knees in sadness.  Being an avid runner, I know what the Boston Marathon means for the people who have put in hundreds of hours training for that sole event.  To have it end in nightmare is what no one ever expected.  The Boston Marathon is for runners to give it their all, for fans to cheer on strangers as they pass by, and to maybe see a world record be set.  It’s an event where people from all over the world come to race against the best.  For such a prestigious event to end in such horror kills me to no end.

My heart and prayers go out to the people who were injured and to all of their families.  Our nation is united behind you and you are all in our hearts.


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April 15, 2013 · 3:26 pm

The Masters: Adam Scott Wears the Green Jacket

The Masters: Adam Scott Wears the Green Jacket

The Masters was over the weekend and I was glued to my TV like I always am when this legendary event takes place in April. I love this event so much because I love golf and because of the displays of leadership that each competitor shows.

This year, the final round came down to a playoff between Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera. Angel Cabrera missed a birdie put by less than an inch and then it was Adam Scott’s chance to either win the Masters or play another playoff hole. He sunk his birdie putt that will put him in Masters history forever. As he celebrated for a quick second, he went over to Cabrera, embraced him in a hug and the two walked off the green with their arms wrapped around each other talking about what a great competitor each of them were. This showed signs of leadership and great sportsmanship.

When you are in a sporting event or part of an organization, you will face your other competitors all of the time. What makes a good leader is acknowledging others successes and be happy for them. When you show gratification towards others it makes the people you are leading, wanting to be more like you and are more likely to follow you.

The next time someone has a success, wether that be landing a job or getting a better grade on an assignment/test, praise them for that. Let them know you are proud of them and don’t be salty about it. If you are salty, you are only hurting yourself. Being a good sport will only help you.

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April 14, 2013 · 6:04 pm

A Runner’s Mind: A Family Dream

A Runner's Mind: A Family Dream

A Runner’s Mind is a running and walking store in Burlingame, CA. A Runner’s Mind was created by my family and it was a dream that my mom and dad have always had, to own their own store. When all of the kids left home, my mom wanted to create a store in town that she could benefit from and also the community. A running store was a perfect fit because there was no running specialty store in the area and the closest one was in San Francisco which is about 30 minutes away.

A Runner’s Mind has been around for over two years and it has helped out the community in more ways then one. It started out as a tiny running store and now it has hundreds of followers, three running groups, and they also put on 5 and 10K during Thanksgiving and the summer time. They just signed a new lease in San Francisco and they are going to start building a store within the next few months.

What people love about the store is that everyone that is involved, treats each other with respect and treats them like family. The night runs turn into a three hour event because people stay around, hang out, and chat about life.

A Runner’s Mind slogan is, “the place we arrive when we finish, come to rest, and see life for all its possibilities.” When I read this, it just makes me want to get involved. A Runner’s Mind is a leader in the local running store industry because they focus on family and giving customers a place where the focus on the person and not their wallets.

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April 12, 2013 · 2:13 am

“Integrity is the only thing you have in this world.” – Mother

“Integrity is the only thing you have in this world.” – Mother

Why is integrity important in leadership?

1)  A leader is a role model that the group looks up to and imitates from.  The actions and words that the leader does will influence the behavior of the group.  Wether it be in the work place or outside of the office, the leader must maintain the highest standard of character because how the leader acts will effect the group he/she is leading.

2)  You need to have respect for yourself, respect for others, and the ability to take responsibility for your actions.  You can’t respect yourself if you can not put 100% trust into you accomplishing an activity or saying you will do something and don’t do it.  The actions you take will gain respect from your peers.  You must respect others if you want to gain respect from them.  Put trust in others by giving them projects to do that are hard or giving them freedom to try a new way of accomplishing a task.  Finally, you must take responsibility for your actions.  There will be times where you or your organizations messes up and you must be the one to take the blame for it because you have an integrity.  You as a leader are responsible for you and your organization.

3)  Trust.  Trust is the most powerful characteristic that a person can have.  If you are known as a trustworthy person, then people will more likely follow you because they know you won’t steer them wrong.  When you have complete trust in someone else then you know, no matter what, they will always have your best interest in mind.  As a leader, you must have 100% trust in the people in your organization, and they must have 100% in you to lead them through hardships and triumphs.

4)  Integrity is the only thing that you can control.  You can’t control time, you can’t control traffic, and you can’t control the weather, but you can control what others think of you and what others are willing to do for you.  What my mother means by, “integrity is the only thing you have in this world,” is that it is up to you on what you want people to think about you.  When you come into this world, you are a clean slate.  The actions you do after that determine what kind of person you are and will become.  In other words, don’t do anything that will make people lose trust in you.  Integrity is living by certain moral codes that you find important.  Mine are family, friends, trust, love, hard work, virtue.  These are what are important to me and as a leader, I want people to know that and feel it so that they will put trust in me.

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April 8, 2013 · 12:15 pm

Everyday Heroes: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

I came across this article when I was just trying to look for a good motivational read.  Everyday Heroes: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things is about 50 ordinary Americans like you and I, that have founded non-profit organizations and are making a difference in the world.  This article happens to focus on the women that are talked about in the book.  In CSR 309, Dr. Feinberg asked the men in the class to write down what women thought of men and what men want women to think of them.  He asked the women in the class the same question but visa versa.  I have never been asked a question like this so it was somewhat hard to answer.  Women are very powerful and are able to strive in the workplace just as much as men are.  It all comes down to the mentality and the dedication that women and men put into their work.  I do agree that women might have a harder time rising up through a business but that doesn’t mean that they can’t.  Their successes in an organization will be noticed and praised just like mens successes will.

This article and title of the book also made me think of how I can do an extraordinary thing.  An extraordinary thing doesn’t have to be something that will change the world.  It can be anything from helping an old women with her grocery bags, helping a kid get a ball thats stuck in a tree, or making a person laugh who is going through a tough time in life.  Having the ability to help others is an extraordinary thing.  Many people believe that they can only do extraordinary things when they are in a position of power but that is not the case.  Ordinary people are capable of doing anything that can change a persons attitude, life, etc.  When I was young, I went to a camp where I didn’t know a single person there and everyone else already had friends.  I was shy when I was young and I didn’t know how to deal with uncomfortable situations such as the one I was in.  I was sitting by myself in the play yard and one of the camp counselors, came up, introduced himself and just talked to me.  We kicked around the soccer ball for about 15 minutes and then he introduced me to most of the other campers.  From then on, I wasn’t shy and I was included in many activities with the rest of my peers.  The counselor was an ordinary person and he made it his goal to help me make friends and get the most out of the camp.  What he did, in my eyes, was extraordinary.

Opportunities to do things that people will remember come across our paths everyday.  It is up to you to decide what you want to do with that opportunity when it crosses your path.

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April 8, 2013 · 3:42 am

Team Work

Team work is the most important aspect of an organization.  If there is no team work, then the organization is weak and they are unable to accomplish the same things that they could if they all work together.  The seagull focused on one small grab to eat and he would have accomplished that is his other colleagues did not come to his side and back him up.  At the end of the clip, it says, “It’s smarter to travel in groups.”  This is true because as an individual only certain things are possible but when you work in a group then the possibilities are endless.

In our group for CSR 309, we each were divided into three groups of 5 to 6 people and we were given a task to find an article for the group memo.  Once we found an article, he explained it to the group and gave reasons on why we chose this article.  Once each group went, we discussed it with the whole group, and then decided on an article.  We worked as a team to choose the best article for the group memo.  If we were each individually to decide on what article best worked for the group, nothing would get done.

Working as a group is essential because it strengthens the organization and opens up communication between each department.  When communication is open up like that, then each department knows what the mission and goals are for the organization.  This also enables for projects to get done faster and more efficient.  Captain Abrshoff focused on team leadership with his crew because he knew, that if everyone works as a team, this ship will be the best in the Navy fleet.  He gave his crew the opportunity to work on different parts of the ship so that they could have knowledge of what others have to do and deal with everyday.  Captain Abrashoff also made sure that there was a direct line of communication throughout the ship. He didn’t want his officers and crew to feel like they were in the dark about a subject, operation, etc.  When he found out about an important topic, he would get on the intercom and let everyone on boat know what was going on and what the plan was going to be.  By doing this, his ship had a common goal and each member worked towards that goal.

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April 7, 2013 · 10:31 pm

“Failure is never fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden

“Failure is never fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden

When I was younger, there were times where I made major mistakes that hurt my reputation and it also hurt my future.  About three weeks before I was planned to head to Purdue to start college, I went out to a party and I got more intoxicated than I needed to be.  That night I did the stupidest thing you can do when you’re drunk.  I got in a car and decided to drive.  To this day, I regret that decision.  I fell asleep at the wheel and when I woke up I was heading right for about nine trees that aligned a house.  There was nothing I can do except brace myself.  I walked out of that car without a scratch on me.  I was arrested and charged with a DUI at the age of 18.

After that incident, I was disgusted with myself and mad that I was even capable of doing such a stupid thing.  What hurt me the most was the disappointment I brought to my family and especially my parents.  I sat there thinking that maybe I am not ready to go off to college on my own and I thought really hard about going to a community college until I got my shit together.

What I soon realized is that everyone makes mistakes.  Some are minor and some are huge, but that doesn’t mean everything is lost.  All because you fail, doesn’t mean your future will be tainted or your goals and dreams will be unreachable.  Its a minor speed bump that you need to get over.  When I came across John Wooden’s quote, “failure is never fatal, but failure to change might be,” I thought long and hard about what Wooden was meaning by that quote.  I took the quote as telling someone that you need to learn from your mistakes.  If you mess up and keep repeating the same behavior, then yes you will fail, but if you learn from your mistakes, and change because of them, then you will succeed.

Leaders must learn from their mistakes and grow from them.  Not all ideas are going to work but that doesn’t mean that you will fail.  It just means that you need to take the idea that failed, learn from it, and change it in order for it to succeed.  Every since that incident, I thank God that I didn’t get severely injured.  I learned from that mistake and I have changed my behavior which has excelled me in my life here at Purdue University.  Failure is part of living.  Don’t let failing hold you back from achieving your true potential.

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April 7, 2013 · 9:25 pm