In September, I spoke to a group of promising entrepreneurs at High Point University in North Carolina. I arrived ready to convey the power of goal setting….excited to introduce Goal.os.ophy: You Reap What You Goal!, a conceptual language I developed, designed to teach the value of reaching goals and living a purposeful life.
Speaking at HPU was a highlight for me as I interviewed the University’s President, Dr. Nido Qubein right after he published Seven Choices for Success and Significance: How to Live from the Inside Out. He has been on my radar for years. The University has realized significant transformation and growth under Qubein, a visionary leader, who has pioneered the country’s first value-based living and learning institution.
“I came to deliver an impactful message to the students, but I wasn’t prepared for how the experience would impact me.”
Once on campus, I could feel the energy, the positivity. From the tree sculpture, representing life balance, to inspirational quotes embedded in the walkways, to the on-campus restaurant promoting proper etiquette, the campus exudes value-based living with a focus on God, family, and country.
But the real surprise was found in the students. Rachael Bozsick, HPU’s Campus Ambassador, invited me to speak to the Entrepreneur Club. She is one of Qubein’s future leaders and an example of “greatness in the making.” As she guided me through the campus, Rachael enthusiastically shared her pride for her school – a University that exemplifies “integrity, inspiration, and a commitment to excellence.”
This energy and positivity continued during my presentation to this stellar group of students. I armed the group with a pen (what I call the “Goaly Grail” – your Holy Grail to success!) and a workbook titled 7 Steps to Goal Setting. The students embraced the subject matter, and, in turn, inspired me!
The students asked for more information and even shared their own ideas on goal setting and personal growth.
I left feeling honored for the opportunity to deliver a message and contribute to the lives of these future entrepreneurs, students educated to live “extraordinary” lives!
The tree sculpture located at the front entrance was donated by the grandparents of a former student. The three dimensional growth of the tree represents HPU’s value-based approach to learning, to live life in balance and grow intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.