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My Company Hired a Keynote Speaker. Did They Know It Would Change My Life?

"If you want something different, do something different. "Same crap, different day" doesn't describe the day; it describes your attitude towards it." - Steve Maraboli

Recently I attended my company’s global conference. I was excited for the few days of hanging out with my friends, learning new techniques, and meeting new people. I’m a pretty outgoing person, I’m great at my job, but I felt like I was in a race and getting nowhere. Something was missing, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. 

The conference was full of monotone speakers, business executives who didn’t really know how to connect with the mid-level employees. The weekend came to a close and we had one last event to attend. I was so tired and not looking forward to platitudes and “I can do it!” chants. Admittingly I have never attended a motivational speaking event before, my entire reference point was based on movies. 

My co-workers from all over the globe, and I sat in this huge venue, looking at our phones and chatting. The lights turned down and there he was… immediately he made all of us laugh. Oh… this wasn’t what I expected. I was hooked on every word.

His name is Steve Maraboli, and he did more for my mindset, work ethic, attitude, and self-worth than any previous speakers, books, or podcasts had in the past. 

“Your agreement with reality defines your life.” – he said. Those 7 words have changed my life, personally and professionally. 

The examples he gave were profound. He told stories about his United States Air Force Military experiences (the image of squeezing a lion by its balls will forever be ingrained in my mind LOL – I found the story here if you want to read it online, although him telling it on stage is much more profound and hilarious).

image credit stevemaraboli.net

If you’re wondering if you should hire a keynote speaker, take it from me, yes yes yes.

  1. Not only am I empowered personally, I’m empowered professionally. 
  2. I stepped up my game and I’m close to FINALLY receiving that promotion. 
  3. I got out of my head! And now I have the tools to continue to think outside the box. 
  4. My co-workers and I have this different kind of mentality… we’re more team-oriented. 

Thought I’m writing this some-what anonymously… I am forever grateful for my CEO’s decision to bring on Steve Maraboli. Did they know that it would change my life?

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