Joined May 2017 Message
  • Day6

    Benjamin Franklin Museum

    May 14, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Question: “What kind of influence will this trip have on you as a leader”?
    I was excited to go to the Benjamin Franklin Museum because he is my mother’s hero so I have grown up hearing about him and listening to his quotes. After touring the museum, I realized that it was the single most impactful experience for me in terms of leadership. On one plaque I read about how Benjamin Franklin was judged for his leadership traits. His ambitious and rebellious nature were viewed in a negative light; yet he persevered and did not shy away from his strengths. His intelligence and work ethic propelled him and drew people to him. However, he always stood up to injustice.
    This resonated with me because justice is a cause I am always willing to fight for. Plus, some of my strongest character traits are viewed as negative attributes. I have always been outspoken, honest, and able to call things as I see them. These traits were never embraced unless someone needed me to address an issue for them. I think often honesty forces people outside of their comfort zones and sometimes the truth hurts, so those willing to speak it are viewed negatively.
    Observing all of the accomplishments made by Benjamin Franklin made me realize that he had a gift for taking those traits and channeling them into a force to drive his projects and ideas. He made great advancements for the nation by using the strengths he had. That is how I need to attack my leadership opportunities. I need to be confident in the strengths I have and learn to channel them productively so that they help build instead of convey a negative connotation.
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  • Day4


    May 12, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Question 5
    “What have you learned about treating every job as an adventure?”

    Working with the SHARE organization was a different type of service work experience for me. The organization works tirelessly to pack boxes of necessities for those in need. These boxes included items such as: fruit juices, cereals, canned food and meats. There are different packages patrons can choose from. Our leadership team worked like a factory conveyer belt. Each of us was responsible for adding an item to the boxes.
    It was the first service experience I had had that required no thought, planning or creativity. To some that may seem like a dream job because it was so simple. However, it was the most difficult work I have done. That is how I learned the importance of making each job an adventure. One way we did this at this particular site was to set a goal of 1000 boxes packed. We worked hard and fast and encouraged each other to keep going so that we could make or beat the goal we set for ourselves.
    Although this was a small activity to do with our work, it made a big difference in the laborious task. It also made me realize that challenges and team work help to create this adventure we need to seek out in every job we do. Although packing the boxes did not require any great strength or talent from any of us, it required all of us to work together. In any job we approach, if we attack it as a team, think outside the box, and find ways to challenge ourselves, it will be an adventure.
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