Entry #2: September 19, 2017 – Guest Speaker Drew Dudley Inspires

Entry #2: September 19, 2017 – Guest Speaker Drew Dudley Inspires

Yesterday I sat in meetings all day and wished for nothing more than to be retired at this very moment. Today I got to interact a lot more with my colleagues and was generally pleased to have another 15 months to be doing something I enjoy with the people I really care about.

Today we also had a guest speaker on campus, Drew Dudley, who talked about everyday leadership. Dudley had one of the top inspirational TED Talks of all time. I’m not sure how we got him to visit our small community college, but it was indeed inspiring.

Certainly our speaker challenged us to consider how we were leaders everyday at our institution and in our classrooms. I thought about new ways I could be the best version of me on campus for the next 15 months.

I also thought about my life after teaching.  I already have a clear vision for where I’m heading and a plan to get there. However, I like how Drew challenged us to identify our life philosophy and to live it daily and intentionally.

I was pleased with myself because I actually knew my personal philosophy and it does guide me: Invest in others so they can be their best.  I try to invest in others when I speak in the community, listen to students and colleagues, teach in the classroom, develop workshops, or help others figure out where they want to head.

I had to think for a few minutes when Drew challenged us to identify three values on which our philosophy was based and why “we” matter.  For now, I’ve identified those three as (1) invest, (2) learn (3) return.  For me, I believe my life matters because I do focus on investing in others and their growth. I am a life-long learner. That matters because I model this for others. I also continuously improve myself so I can be my best when I invest in others. Finally, when I learn something, I can return the investment someone puts into sharing with me by passing in on.

Today Drew Dudley invested in his audience. He challenged us to answer the question, “Why do you matter.”  I learned something today. Now I’m passing that question forward. Why do you matter?  If you are thinking about your work or your retirement, that is a good question to ask yourself so that you can focus your energy. Thank you, Drew Dudley.


I am an associate professor of communication in Southern Oregon. I'm also an ancient spirit who has learned how to create positive changes in my own life and use unexpected changes to become more of the person I believe I am meant to be. My vision is to help empower others by sharing how to dream big and develop measurable action steps to achieve those dreams.

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