In April, I had the privilege to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), which is a leadership development programme for emerging leaders. Reflecting on my adventure almost three months later, there are three main learnings that I want to share with you: Teamwork. Inspiration. Self-Awareness.
Every day, it’s the same routine: wake up, prepare breakfast, take a shower, go to the office, come back in the evening, workout, make dinner, work on projects, spend time with family or friends, and finally (after a long exhausting day) go to sleep. Does this sound familiar to you?
When I found out about the “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic” exhibition at the Waikato Museum, I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to restart my creative journey. I was excited to discover some of the most iconic images ever captured through the magic lens of a camera.
I have felt vulnerable to people’s criticisms for being odd and different. However, vulnerability should not be hidden since it’s a demonstration of opening up and showing our authentic selves to others. It may be hard sometimes to show our differences and even our weaknesses, but we should all feel happy and pursue the things that matter to us. After all, it is through vulnerability that deep connections are created in relationships, which generate empathy, trust, and understanding among our loved ones.
When I think of a leader, I envision someone who not only inspires people, but also uplifts others by bringing out the best in them. With vision, leadership, and drive, nothing is impossible. No matter how hard life outside of the bubble might be, everyone has a gift to share with the world.
My name is Guillermo (Yes, I know it is difficult to pronounce!), but my friends call me William. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and when I was eleven years old, I moved to Quito, Ecuador. Attending the Seed event “Finding Purpose in your Playground,” made me realise how much my life has changed since I left my home country.
Dream big and work hard, but at the end of the day, remember that this ‘race’ that we tend to get caught up in is only against ourselves. Pace yourself, set your own goals, and you’re already on your way to better living, loving and leading.
I’ll be the first to admit that it isn’t always realistic to shop ethically and locally all the time, but it’s worth considering. For this month’s blog post, I’ve chosen to profile a few local creatives who craft beautiful things that are worth sharing with your loved ones this holiday season.
While it is easy to bury our heads in the sand and assume that involvement is the responsibility of others, collective action is powerful, and through unity we can be a part of creating change and building community. My question to you is, what are you doing with your hands?