Ladies and gentlemen of @ Portugal 2009, "Go on eXchange"
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, "eXchange" would be it.
The long-term benefits of eXchange have been proved by companies, where's the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own AIESEC experience. I will dispense this advice NOW!
Enjoy the power and beauty of your Team. Take that in your mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your Team until they've faded.
But trust me, in 20 years,when you'll look back at photos of your team buildings and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility layed before you and how fabulous your work really looked.
You Achieved more than you imagine.
Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to create a conference with a 2 days notice.
The real troubles in your career are going to be things that never crossed your worried mind, like that function in Excel you never needed before or a way to see your emails in the middle of no where.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Create a Roll-Call. Don't be reckless with other people's dances. Don't put up with people who are reckless with your randomness.
Work. Don't waste your time on jealousy of others results.Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind.
The race is long and, in the end, you just need to learn.
Remember sugar cubes you receive.
And listen to the feedback you get, If you succeed on applying it, you'll grow.
Keep your old badges. Throw away your old and confusing post-its.
Risk. Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting LCP's I knew didn't knew what they wanted to with their LC's. Almost every MCP that I know didn’t knew they wanted to be MCP some day.
Do plenty BOAT races. But be kind to your knees. You'll miss them in a 8 days conference.
Maybe you'll raise TN's, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have lots of trainees, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll go abroad.
Maybe you'll dance the tunack-tunack on the 50th anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.
Enjoy the experience. In every way you can. I know that some people go further. But it's only yours and no one will live it for you.
Dance Even if you have never done it before Follow someone's the directions, even if you don't know them.
Do not go to bed before everyone. You'll only miss the party in the morning.
Get your parents involved. You never know when they'll be the main sponsors of your trips.
Be nice to your members. They're your best link to your LC and the people most likely to stick in your teams in the future. Understand that people come and go, but some precious few should stay. They'll work hard, bridge the gaps, understand the philosophy and lifestyle of the organization, because the older you get, the more you need the people that you met when you entered.
Work in E.R. once, but stop before it makes you hard. Work in T.M. once, but stop before it makes you soft.
Travel Accept certain inalienable truths: International meetings are the best Even if trainings are not that great. Even if things are expensive, You will have fun And when two weeks pass, you'll fantasize that when you were there, the price for beer was reasonable, roll-calls were crazy, and members respected their facis.
Respect your leaders. Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you'll have lots of materials. Maybe you'll have a wealthy LC. But you never know when either one might fail you.
Don't mess too much with your processes or by the end of term you wont reach anything. Be careful whose advice you buy, but look for people that supply it.
Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the materials from your computer, writing it in a new template, correcting the places where you can sill read "SN" and giving it to someone that will use them better than you.
But trust me on the "eXchange".
By Luis Magalhães
So true, so ingenious ... just awesome ! Proud to know Luis !
This guy, Stuart Knight, I talked about him before .... sometimes he is simply great !
Here is the "Madness of his mind" for this week :
The best thing you can do is to see love as an ocean. Imagine yourself swimming in the middle of this ocean with the person you are in love with. You are splashing, you are laughing and you are playing with each other. The water is warm, the sun is out and the air is fresh on your face. But then one day the current of the ocean changes and the person you love slowly begins to be pulled away. At first the current isn't too strong and with a little extra effort the two of you remain together, but you begin to feel tired and it becomes difficult to keep up the pace. Eventually the current gets a little stronger and now you are pulled even further apart. At this point you start trying new and improved ways of swimming that you have never tried before. It gets you a little closer, but not close enough. When that doesn't work, you might want to argue with your partner because you think they are not swimming as hard as you are. You tell them that if they cared they would m ake more of an effort so they could swim back to you. And then the current gets even stronger and now the person you love is so far away that you begin to lose hope and wonder if you have the strength to keep swimming. Some people lose so much hope that they stop swimming all together. Those are the ones who forget that love is an ocean. A big beautiful ocean with six and a half billion people swimming in it. Some people are swimming together and some people are swimming alone. If you find yourself swimming in that ocean with someone you love then play, and splash and laugh and do everything you can to avoid the currents. And if the day comes where you find yourself swimming alone then still play, and splash and laugh and do everything you can to go with the current so that it can take you where you are supposed to go next.
When you are swimming in the ocean, every day can be valentines day as long as you go with the flow.
I am me. In all the world, there is no one exactly like me. There are persons who have some parts like me, but no one adds up exactly like me.
Therefore, everything that comes out of me is authentically mine because I alone choose it. I own everything about me My body, including everything it does; My mind, including all its thoughts and ideas; My eyes, including the images of all they behold; My feelings, whatever they may be... anger, joy, frustration, love, disappointment, excitement My mouth, and all the words that come out of it polite, sweet or rough, correct or incorrect; My voice, loud or soft. And all my actions, whether they be to others or to myself.
I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own all my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me I can become intimately acquainted with me. By doing so I can love me and be friendly with me in all parts. I can then make it possible for all of me to work in my best interests.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know. But as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully, look for solutions to the puzzles and for ways to find out more about me.
However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I thinkand feel at a given moment in time is me. This is authentic and represents where I am in that moment in time. When I review later how I looked and sounded, what I said and did, and how Ithought and felt, some parts may turn out to be unfitting. I can discard that which is unfitting, and keep that which proved fitting, And invent something new for that which I discarded.
I can see, hear, feel, think, say and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore I can engineer me.