It was a privilege for me to fill in at our November YP Decorah event last night. Dave Mitchell, Luther College wrestling coach, teacher, husband, and father was an inspiration with his honest comments and feedback to the group.
Dave learned a long time ago that he was going to need to be resilient. Great leaders are resilient. You can't be a great leader if you are not resilient. We are constantly challenged with responding to changing environments, requests from friends, family, coworkers, bosses, etc. Sometimes we need to be quick to respond or help. Sometimes it's matter of being resourceful but often we need to be resilient in our approach and ability to problem solve. Change is constant and we all fall on occasion. The real challenge lies in getting up and learning from it.
"When you face setbacks and defeat, take the lesson from the experience, commit it to memory, and move forward with the positive." Dan Gable
Do you have a growth mindset? Are you actively looking for ways to improve yourself, your job/career, or personal relationships? It can be very easy to become complacent or just comfortable. And, for the record, I do believe it is okay to live in that space for a moment or two once in while! Dave encouraged us to look at the past fondly and take a moment to recognize our growth, how are we better now? Always grow from our experiences.
Dave learned from a CEO at a National Wrestling Coaches Association event to set 3-5 goals every year. 3 is better than 5 because you are more likely to accomplish them. 3 goals each year personally and professionally. Be sure to take time to reflect on them throughout the year. By all means celebrate your successes or adjust when and where you need to.
Dave also shared a very tangible concept - are you an energizer or energy destroyer? Everyone will have that really great day where everything goes right and it's easy to be the ultimate energizer! You'll also have days that make you wonder why you got out of bed. Outside of those extremes where do you land - an energizer or energy destroyer? I think we can all agree the energizer is probably more effective.
Dave ended the talk with a quote from Warren Buffett:
"The BEST investment you can make is investing in yourself."
Find balance in your life. Work-life balance is a challenge and we all fall out of sync once in a while. Be honest with yourself and be open to making adjustments as needed.
Dave engaged in a thoughtful conversation with the YP Decorah audience. We touched on today's employment challenges, the pros and cons of social media, and challenges you may face as a young professional.
YP Decorah, a program of the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce, meets once a month with local professionals like Dave Mitchell. If you would like to learn more you can visit the YP Decorah Facebook page, or contact Rachel.
Thank you to Dave for speaking with us and to Rubaiyat for hosting us.
See you next month!
*Book recommendation: Resilience by Eric Greitens, Navy Seal