Leadership is not only about actions and choices, but most importantly attitude. I believe that leadership is about having the positivity and enthusiasm to passionately take on any challenge or goal one may have in life. Every day, challenge, and interaction is an opportunity to learn and grow. Very often we take these tasks for granted and do not make the most of our experiences. We are continually looking forward to getting past our current situation, rather than appreciating the one we are in. If we all began changing “I have to” to “I get to” we would find ourselves more happy and prosperous. As a leader, I must find the good in every situation, and empower others to do the same.

I choose to live by the quote “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” As a leader, I seek to find a sense of passion in everything I do. I believe it is important to work at every task with a purpose. This allows for me to connect with each cause on a personal level and give a greater contribution. When it comes to my academics, my organization in which I am involved, and my relationships, I look for value. As a student, it is common to seek out the “easiest” classes or professors. But the flaw in this practice is there are no challenges to learn from. While I am focused on receiving the highest grade possible, I cannot truly learn until I have failures or hardships to grow from. But if the classes and work I am doing is something I love, the stress and responsibility will not be work. I hope to inspire and empower others to have the same mindset about life. With all the negativity and hate in the world, it is important to find the good in every day.

The core of my philosophy relates deeply to the messages portrayed in the book “Zen and the Art of Happiness” by Chris Prentiss. A major theme throughout the book is the quote “Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me”. This concept has resonated with me throughout my college experience. While I have faced setbacks and hardships over this past year, it has been crucial to not dwell on the negatives, but instead, to see the positives that can result from these low points. This message simply means that no matter what happens, life will work out. We are continually being shaped by our experiences, and how you choose to respond to them creates the person you are. Everything truly happens for a reason and if you choose to make the best out of every day, and every low point, you will live a more happy and prosperous life.

With a positive attitude, I strive to empower others to know they are capable of greatness.  I am unsure of all I wish to accomplish, but I choose to live life day by day while still keeping my future in mind. I believe it is important to live in the moment but also remember how the choices we make today will affect tomorrow and the time to come. In life, I consistently remind myself and others that the work we do today will create a better tomorrow. This connects back to advocating for doing everything with a purpose. I believe my image as a leader has greatly changed over my first year at Central. Instead of simply leading by example, I am leading by demonstrating enthusiasm and positivity about life. It is not about what I am doing, but the attitude I have while doing it.