Happy Monday to all you readers!
I sense you are starting to like Monday's as much as me!!!? If you have been following this blog since day one, I hope that the positivity push is catching up with you and impacting your thinking, weekly/daily habits and/or mindset.
This week I would like to touch upon the company you choose to hold. I say CHOOSE because it really is your choice as to who you hang out with and who you associate with and who you seek inspiration and guidance from. Additionally, it is also good to know that you too could impact the lives of others. I would like to reference a book - 'LIVE LEARN LEAD to Make a Difference' written by Don Soderquist. "When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now as an older man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have the changed the world."
I found this incredibly powerful. This alone is going to make me more accountable. I also feel as though we as individuals can impact people within our own network. If you are looking to grow and improve, I believe that you should hang out with a third of the people older than you, a third your own age and a third younger than you. If you hang out with older people, you will gravitate to their level in some cases. Older people can come in the form of mentors, teachers, coaches, or perhaps family. With the pathway I found myself on, I would often watch the pro's. My inspiration came from my father and the players I would watch on TV. When I got to the professional level I was fortunate to get a closer look into how seasoned professionals acted and behaved. At Plymouth, us youth team lads would show up every day and gather in the away team dressing room. The pro's would be down the corridor in the home dressing room. Both rooms possessed an extremely competitive environment. As youth teamers, we were all fighting for the pro contract and the chance to be in the room down the hall. We respected one another but on the training ground would search for blood. We would fight for our spot on the team. If we outperformed our team mates we would get called into the reserve team and even get called up to train with the first team. It is no different here in the states. You have JV and Varsity rosters at high school and collegiate levels. IN the work place you have employees, lower and upper management in some cases. Some people are content at certain levels and others want to climb the ladder. It is a dog eat dog world, survival of the fittest and even more important to ensure you are choosing the right people to be around.
By hanging out with older people, you get to learn from their wisdom and experiences. By hanging out with people your own age you get to be yourself, have fun, make mistakes but hopefully still get to learn. When you hang out with younger people, you get to do what the older people have done for you. You get to impact young lives for the better, all the while you too are learning how to go about this process and becoming a better person yourself. We should all practice edification. Imagine if we build up and promote each other within our communities. Big things would happen. INCREDIBLE! When you see older and more experienced people at work you get the notion of seeing is believing. However, I prefer seeing is eventually doing. We are creatures of habit and if you surround yourselves with good successful people, you too are on the right track.
helping others in our summit up! community
SUMMIT UP! WELCOMES KAYLA MOTTL!
"Seeking an opportunity to expand my leadership skills, self-confidence and making the world a better place."
"I really enjoy working with and helping people because I like to bring joy to others faces and it makes me happy when others know that I can be a person they can feel comfortable talking to.
Some things about me is that I am someone who puts other people’s needs above my own, hard-working in everything that I do, very easy to work with, compassionate , a team player, selfless, and a role model."
Kayla is our first ever Summit up! Mountaineer and we are incredibly lucky to have someone with Kayla's drive and determination on our team. Our goal is to help improve each other, work together to build Summit Up! and impact others around us.
"Hi, my name is Kayla Mottl. I am 16 years old and have been named the first Mountaineer of Summit Up!. I am very excited to go on this adventure of learning leadership and sales skills. I decided to apply to join this program because I saw that it would help me to be a more positive person and to learn how to pass on those skills to other people. I am a softball player so always having a positive mindset is a very important part of the sport, which sometimes I struggle with. On my softball team we live by a motto that says “all out all the time”. This means that you give one hundred percent in everything you do no matter what. Living by this motto has helped me to push through the toughest things in life. I will continue to live by this motto for the rest of my life and really stand by it in my commitment of Summit Up!."
Kayla comes to us having held many leadership positions on her sporting teams. She also has spent many hours donating her time and efforts to community service projects with various charity organizations.
If you want to be featured in our helping others section, email firstname.lastname@example.org. It does not matter where in the world you are, Summit Up! will highlight you, your business or someone you know of in our weekly blog.
Hoping everyone has a great week. I challenge you to connect with someone older than you, same age and also someone younger. Allow yourself to grow and pass along your experience and knowledge to others. You may not be able to change the world right away but you can ceratinly make an impact in your household and community. If we all take the time to do this, the world will eventually become a better place. Positivity is POWERFUL!!!! Until next week, Summit Up! You've got this.
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“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.”
Dan Bulley has dedicated his life to youth development through his own experiences and living in football/soccer. Having played at professional clubs in England and been on 4 continents, Dan has settled in the U.S and is currently the owner of DBSS (Dan Bulley Soccer School). He carries a bachelors degree in sociology and a masters degree in coaching sports performance. Dan created Summit Up! to motivate and inspire both youth and adults to maximize their potential and to spark a strength of mind when the going gets tough. "The journey to your summit has only just began." Summit Up!