Never Stop Learning


I’m humbled and honored to be selecting in the 2015 class of the YStark! Top 20 Under 40 (TU40).

I’m looking forward to meeting the other TU40 Award winners tonight at the Awards Gala! I’m sure it will be a fun and wonderful opportunity to meet other professionals from various fields of expertise.

In order to get to know everybody a little better, the Awards Coordinator, Eric Smer, asked us several ice breaker questions. Here were mine:

1. What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon growing up?
This is a tough one, because I watched a lot of TV growing. Out of all the awesome 80’s TV shows, I’d say my favorite was G.I. Joe (The Great American Hero). The military in the 80’s was also far superior back then because no one shot bullets. It was all red and blue lasers. The Joes had red lasers, while Cobra has blue lasers. That’s how you knew who was bad or good, by the color of their weaponry. I loved it because things would get blown up all over the place, but no one got shot. It was controlled violence.

2. What gets cleaned first: Car, Room, or Desk?
I’m not what people call “tidy” or “neat.”
I’m not dirty. I operate in organized chaos.
I have my desk in piles, and I know where stuff is (most of the time).
Next question, please.

3. What are your future aspirations?
I love teaching, so I will continue to strive to get better and grow as a professor.

I also enjoy writing and speaking so I will continue to hone and craft my expertise there. Whether in the traditional classroom or corporate boardroom, my goal is to continue to teach, inspire, and motivate people to improve their world, one small step at a time.

4. What would you say to future TU40 Winners?
First, congratulations! You’ve made it and you’re still under 40 (for now).

Regardless of your age, as we grow in our careers and professional lives, I would hope we keep that sense of youth, passion, and a continual thirst for knowledge. When I think of all the mentors in my life and those people I respect and admire, there is still a strong sense of curiosity in their lives.

When I think of all the mentors I've had, none of them rested on their laurels as if they'd arrived. Click To Tweet

The smartest people I’ve met are the ones who keep growing and developing themselves. They never stopped learning. They have maintained a consistent desire to keep their minds sharp and to help others do the same.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
~ Henry Ford

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