Anthony Robbins Foundation
August 28, 2009
This year’s Global Youth Leadership Summit is so SUPERB!!!!
I mean, it’s the very best year that I ever had. It made me realize who I am makes a difference. So does everyone, including you who are reading my testimonial now.
In the summit, something utterly different from the previous year I had was that the Alumni had a break-up session to meet the speakers personally. In a small conference room, we shared our experience and points of view with well- known speakers whereas they gave us fruitful feedbacks. I enjoyed this kind of exercise as we felt more like a family. We spoke comfortably and felt relaxed. From Day 1 to Day 4, the Alumni recognized through the teachings on how to find the Humor within any challenging circumstance; how to become the leader of Laughter, how to make our own brand of comedy and to understand ourselves better. We were even exposed to young adults’ issues such as financial management and relationship. These made me felt like I had grown up and being more mature. As the Alumni, we were encouraged to speak more rather than to listen to the speakers as we had to step up our comfort zone and shared what’s on mind. In this way, we learnt more and grew stronger.
To make a summary, the 4 main thing that I learnt the most is:
(1) The rope courses taught me on the strength of belief, the importance of strategy and the need of flexibility
(2) What I focus will become a reality
- I need to focus on the positive side. I found my friends in GYLS who focus on something negative, they were likely to be upset and disappointed. As for me, I decided to take on the bright side, thus, I found myself enjoy to the fullest through this 10 days. ïŠ
(3) A good leader should learn to listen first
- That’s what the Alumni team lack of. Whenever there is any activity, many alumni want us to hear him or her only instead of learning to listen to others’ idea. What if someone else had a better solution? If we do not listen, then we will definitely miss out a lot of valuable things. Likewise, we should let everyone has a fair chance to speak. Instead of interjecting them, we must let them finished their sharing first. This is the basic virtue that a leader has to possess.
(4) Leadership is neither a position nor a title but a lifestyle
- This golden rule applied to some of the leaders who were not 100% committed or showing good examples
On Day 4 (the last day), the Alumni visited a hospital to contribute our love, hope and peace to the paralysed veteran who served dedicatedly in the military for the country. Through such contribution, I was able to pay it forward. I was in a state of mixed feelings at that particular jiffy- A sense of affection filled my heart the moment I found their hearts remaining youthful despite their aged-bodies, yet my heart went out to the pain they suffered, in the same time joyful to see them elated with pride for all they had contributed to the nation. It was such a great morning to have them around and I was so sure that they would, too, be glad to have us with them.
Overall, having 35 alumni in one team was considered a BIG family if compared to the ambassadors with average 10 members each group. Thus, I found it hard to communicate with all my members, especially many of them were likely to mingle with their “same skin type’s” peer. Cultural difference is the largest gap that pushed me out of their fortress, I think. But I did my best to interact with them and finally find my way to develop good rapport and fruitful friendships among my teammates. By setting a good example to others, I was glad to be able to solve conflicts whenever a controversy arouse in the team. Likewise, I was proud of myself for standing firm and not losing my own identity despite peer pressure as well as the cultural difference. I could make wise decisions. I could see the consequences of my every choice. I could be a great leader.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
enhancing my leadership skills becasue it made me realise that leadership is not a title but a lifestyle. It is a hobit!
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
provide scholarships to more ambassadors, alumni, youth leaders, or anyone who is committed to serve.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
The rope courses taught me the strenth of belief and how important is a perfect strategy in order to succeed.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
friendly, kind, committed, passionate, and caring... there's too much to say.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
be the most professional leadership summit all over the world- changing today's youth culture and make a signiicant difference among the leaders of tomorrow
Ways to make it better...
I got the right size of the summit's shirts. I love the shirts so much, yet they are too big to me.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
How to raise funds to cover my expenses throughout the trip to US to attend GYLS. My transportation fees, hotel, food, registration fee and so on cost me $ 7762.00! (In Malaysian ringgit, where $1 Malaysia= $3.5 USD)
One thing I'd also say is that...
It's a superb summit for all youth. Everyone will truly have the biggest breakthorugh in their lives because of GLYS.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About once a year
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & As an alumnus to help the ambassadors (the first timer) while I myself learn more about leadership skills.