They say time flies when you are having fun…to be cringe worthy for one moment…time does fly when you are having fun but further to this time, flies when you are given so many opportunities in a short space of time. So many opportunities that a year ago I would never have expected to experience.
The week began with a talk from Lenore Martinez a host mam and an experienced nurse, this talk consisted of great tips on how to keep healthy during our time in DC! Having had to deal with two crickets in the shower on the first day I was aware of the extent to which bugs where an issue! Second up was Barbra Warner an award winning financial adviso
‘Infectious Contagious Optimism’ was the key quote that I took from an amazing session with E.J Dionne and Mark Shields, these two prestigious political analysts took great time to discuss American politics with the class, to get the time with these two men for me created a sense of extreme gratitude to the WIP staff for organizing such an event and indeed to these two men for giving up their time. I took from that a greater understanding of the political scene in American and what we can expect in the months leading up to the Presidential Election.
What I am learning to do over these first few days of the Class of 2012is to take one or two things from the day and really think about them and challenge myself into thinking about them. The overriding aspect of Monday’s talk was a sentence that Mr. Kevin Sullivan the Chair of the WIP Board said during a session. Mr Sullivan said, ‘Just because you are young doesn’t mean that you have to wait your turn’. For years leaders who have been young have been stopped just because of that, because they are young. For me if skill and aptitude out weights age then that person should be given the opportunity to take the challange. This is one thing that I will take from the session, our time as the WIP Class of 2012 is now, thus we should seize every opportunity to lead that comes by.
‘If we are growing, we are always going to be out of our comfort zone’ ~ John Maxwell