Leadership Positions that have Advanced my Life

In my life I’ve been fortunate enough to have plenty of leadership opportunities and I have taken advantage of them to further my personal development. Today I will be analyzing a few of them to give some better insight as to how they developed the person I am today, what knowledge and lessons I took away from them, and how you can also get involved and become a leader in your own field of interest.

Let’s start way back to boy scouts, for those of you who don’t know what the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), “The BSA’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to instill typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking.” – Wikipedia

I was involved in Boy Scouts all my life essentially, from a Cub Scout when I was in first grade all the way to Eagle Scout at 17 years old. Through my time there as it mentions above I learned a lot and I put myself in positions to further develop my character. These include, Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant Scout Master. To break down some of these further clarify the situation, Patrol leader essentially led a patrol (for us that was between 8-15 scouts) and you were responsible for your patrol on camping trips, each patrol was responsible for cooking their own food, cleaning up their own mess etc. Senior Patrol leader oversaw all the patrols that comprised the troop (we normally had between 3 and 4 patrols), your job was to ensure all the patrols were functioning accordingly. Junior Assistant Scout Master was a position that brought me another tier above Senior Patrol Leader and I assisted the SPL in making decisions and relaying information to the Scout Master.

Through all these positions you had to effectively communicate to your peers who were both younger and older than you were, as well as adult leaders in the troop. You were essentially responsible that the young men you oversaw were doing their part and contributing to the task at hand. As you advanced through the ranks you started leading by example and teaching the younger guys what they needed to do and how to do it. Although everyone in the world at the time thought Boy Scouts were gay and it was a stupid program, I had incredible opportunities to travel and do cool things (white water rafting, snow skiing, Pike’s Peak, hiking, climbing, canoeing, archery, rifle and shotgun shooting etc.) that other kids didn’t have the opportunity to do. That in addition to vast amount of survival skills and knowledge I accumulated I also was able to develop leadership skills that others forsake. This also lead into my other leadership roles and opportunities later in life that we will now go over.

Next, was High School Wrestling captain. This wasn’t as involved as the Boy Scout leadership positions that I had previously, but it did mean something. Essentially you ran warm ups for practice assisted the coach in demonstrations and provided advice and inspiration to those around you. This position required very little outside work that wasn’t already required to be a starting varsity wrestler, not much to say about this. In other sports Team Captain may have some more meaning however wrestling is both individual and team oriented but more so individual.

Next up would be involving my Fraternity in my currently ongoing college career. As I write I still have 2 more semesters to go with 12 and 9 credit hours respectively. I have been a part of Sigma Chi Fraternity since my freshman year in the Fall of 2014 and am still heavily involved in the fraternity even as I approach my 5th and final year. I have held a ton of positions for the fraternity including, Recruitment chair, Greek week chair, Social chair, Vice President, houseman, Philanthropy Chair, and brotherhood chair. While there is leadership and character development in all of those positions I want to focus on Vice President as the primary one.

As Vice President I essentially oversaw internal operations of the chapter, ran the executive committee and its meetings, ran the post initiation training of newly initiated brothers, oversaw all the committee positions. It was quite an interesting year in my position, possibly the hardest terms as Vice President we’ve ever had to deal with. We had several executive members get co-op (extended internships) after they were already elected so we had to elect new exec members, we had new national policies implemented that nobody saw coming, had to drop several people from their committee positions due to grades, overcommitted and unable to do fulfill their position. It was a mess and I was already under a strenuous workload and amount of stress. We did survive, and I think we turned out better than we started but It wasn’t easy and really challenged me.

Couple things I learned, things can and do go wrong (shit happens, get ready to roll with the punches and adapt). People suck, I don’t say this to be mean, but people tend to be forgetful and take the easy way out when they can which puts more strain on you. Another important lesson I use was taught to me when I was a pledge and it was an adaptation of this parable.

 

“Os Hillman tells the story of a rider on horseback, who many years ago, came across a squad of soldiers who were trying to move a heavy piece of timber.

A corporal stood by, giving lordly orders to “Heave.”

But the piece of timber was too heavy for the squad.

“Why don’t you help them?” asked the quiet man on the horse, addressing the important corporal.

“Me?  Why, I’m a corporal sir!”

Dismounting, the stranger carefully took his place with the soldiers.

“Now, all together boys – heave!” he said.  And the big piece of timber slid into place.

The stranger mounted his horse and addressed the corporal.  “The next time you have a piece of timber for your men to handle, corporal, send for your commander-in-chief.”

The horseman was George Washington, the first American President.

I love this story as it reminds me that leadership isn’t barking orders at your staff, it’s helping them with the heavy lifting.

 

It simply states that the leader must also contribute and do the heavy lifting just like the men he leads. The same applies to the fraternity and leading by example. While we are not a large chapter we stand around 50 members give or take, so within that group there are young men of different temperaments, talents and convictions that must be handled in separate ways when issues arise. I learned how to cater to different people’s temperaments from the shy quiet freshman who was underperforming to the drunk disorderly super senior enjoying his last hurrah.

The last leadership position I currently partake in is Missouri S&T Miner Rugby captain. Now I have been in this position for a solid year perhaps longer. I think I was unofficially the captain for a little bit but for the last 2 semesters that was made clear. This is an interesting one because there are many positions and situations I am faced with. To my team on the field, I make the play calls and control the game. To the Sir (the referee) I communicate all issues that my teammates bring to me and express my concerns with the Sir. I sometimes take a back seat on practices and let the president make the calls on that but I voice my opinion on that as well. After the game, I am no different than anyone else on the team, there to have a good time and enjoy the spoils of victory.

Again, there is a lot to be learned from this position, I address my teammates on the field on game day much differently than at practice. I also address the sir differently than my teammates. I juggle between who needs to get more playing time and who needs to get on the field to deliver the best performance.

Overall, I have been a leader in many aspects of my life, all different, all unique in their on way. I think that it is important to have that diversity because it gives you more tools in your toolbox to handle the different situations you may face out in the real world. It also presents you with various challenges that will build your character and your problem-solving abilities as you struggle between the pros and cons of situations. I would highly suggest getting involved in some organization, club, sport etc. that you enjoy and look for a meaningful way to contribute whether that would be a leadership position such as the ones I’ve mentioned above, or a minor position. Getting involved, developing communication, problem solving, and leadership skills will make a lasting impact and help prepare you for your future endeavors in your career or activities later in life. Take advantage of the opportunities that are available to you now rather than wasting away your time, because in 10 years the lessons you learned from getting involved will get you further than that tv episode you watched.

As always, feel free to leave a comment below I would love to hear from your guys!

B^2

 

The Next Level

Many want to take their life, finances, current situation to the next level. Some have a vision of what that is, even fewer have a game plan to get themselves there. I will share with you today my vision and how I intend to get there.

So, as we speak I am 22 years old pursuing a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and engineering management. I have a net worth around $18,000 through mainly my co-op and internship salaries. I will graduate college in May of 2019 and take on the real world.

Vision:

This is always a hard question to articulate and put into words which is why few people get this far. Think about it, when was the last time you sat down and figured out where you want to go in life. Some may have small goals like I want to drive a Ferrari or a Lamborghini but what about the BIG goal.

I would like to first buy my parent’s the lake house of their dreams on table rock lake. My mom and dad have provided for me all their life it is my obligation to give back to them. My dad would like the top of the line jet ski and a nice boat, my mom would be happy with a home that looked like it came out of better homes and gardens, a nice greenhouse and an abundance of grandchildren. My mom is going to have to wait on the later, but my brother may be able to help me out with that one. That is my first and foremost goal.

Second, I would like to give back to the people and organizations that made me who I am today, my wrestling program in high school, my rugby program in both high school and college, and my fraternity to name a few.

Third, is an obvious one but I think it should be said, to provide for those around me. I am going to assume at this stage in my life I have others to take care of other than myself, maybe a girlfriend, or a fiancé or a wife maybe kids the timeline of this one is foggy. My dad made it a goal to give my brother and I everything he ever wanted when he was a kid and to provide more than his parents could for him and I would also like to do the same to my loved ones. My dad did set the bar high on this one so I look forward to the challenge.

Fourth, financial freedom. There is an unbelievable amount of people in the United States that live paycheck to paycheck and I remember my parent’s doing the same at times. I don’t ever want to live a life like that.

Fifth, to help those less fortunate than me, I already practiced this when I was younger and currenly. I am aware I’ve had experiences that many have not or will not be able to have in their lives and I would like to the share that with all those that I can.

So Mr. B^2, how on earth do you plan to do all of this?

That’s a good question isn’t it, when it’s all laid out like that its hard to fathom that kind of success.

First step would be to graduate obviously, I have spent years in education and lots of money has been spent on me to get to where I am so obviously finishing what I started is a good place to begin. I would like to graduate with a 3.25 GPA currently at a 3.16 as of this semester.

Second, I would like to walk out of this university making $80,000 which I believe is a lofty but possible goal and with my skill sets, education and past experience I believe this is within my reach.

Third, using that money, and the money from my investments, and what not buy investment properties and other passive income sources. How many and of what kind I am not sure, but an investment property in my college town would be a good start I feel and from there only grow and expand my horizon as I move and travel. This could also be a side business that I develop to generate more revenue to acquire these properties and make more investments.

Fourth, rinse and repeat over and over and over again.  That in combination with my strong work ethic and developed leadership skills should put me in a position to move up the corporate ladder or start my own business or something of that sort. Not sure where I’m going but I’m going for it all.

With all of that said I would like to attain a net worth north of $3 million before I am 30 years old. I understand that is going to be extremely difficult but nothing of such high aspirations comes easy and I believe what I am doing now is laying a solid foundation for what I plan to do in the future and the fact that I already have the vision and the majority of the game plan is evident that I am already on my way.

As always let me know what you think, even if you think I am blowing smoke up my own ass I’d like to know what you think!

B^2

 

Status Update 3/12/2018

Hey how’s it going everyone hope you all are well.  I just wanted to give a quick update on what is going on with my life right now. If you’ve been keeping up with the biweekly goal analysis you know it’s been a crazy couple week and I’ve been super busy.  I can say nothing has changed on that front, I am in the middle of our big St. Pat’s party week right now, followed by a hard week of school with tests and then spring break. From then on, it’s still going to be a wild ride to the end of the semester. Because of this I’ve been putting the blog and Instagram on the back burner for a little bit. I was consistently working 16-18 hours a day between school, fraternity, philanthropy, rugby, and my personal endeavors and it was slowly killing me. Soon I plan to refocus my Instagram efforts and get the blog some better tools retain my audience (mailing list, email newsletters, more Facebook ads etc.) but I simply do not have the time to make that commitment all the way. On a positive note I have an internship more or less locked down for this upcoming summer its actually a sales position which is very different from what I am use to or expected to do, but the experience and income should be very beneficial. I think the unique schedule I will be working will also help with this blog, and my other endeavors so hopefully that leads to some explosive growth this summer. I was also considering changing the focus of the blog entirely, as it sits now its me sharing my financial journey, but I guess it’s boring right now to be frank. I’m not making many moves right now since I haven’t had any income since August. I am reading books and learning about successful people and how to be successful and am reading a lot of motivational content so maybe that may be a temporary route I go. As I said above its been busy and we are in a holding pattern right now so hold tight while I get my life together.

If you have any suggestions, ideas, content to talk about, or products to aid in some of my problems stated above let me know!

B^2