Corey Graham 2.0 & John C. Maxwell @ Masters Of Excellence Conference In Curacao
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Masters Of Excellence Conference in Curacao. This conference was a big deal for me as it featured one of my mentors, John C Maxwell. I have been following John's work since 2003 and this is the first time I have been able to see him live. Imagine getting a 7 year old book finally signed by the author! His teachings on leadership have had a significant impact on my life and they have helped me to be in the position I am in today.
Let me take this time to publicly thank the Masters Of Excellence organization esp. Rudy Poell & Trevor Nisbeth for inviting me. I look forward to attending other Master Of Excellence conferences in the near future around the Caribbean.
Curacao, Hyatt Regency & The Masters Of Excellence Conference
Curacao is a beautiful and diverse country with influences ranging from Dutch to Spanish to English. I really wish I was able to spend more time there and experience more of it. I haven't spoken to a single person who has been there and didn't love it! Next time i will do some exploring.
The newly built Hyatt Regency provided an excellent backdrop for this conference. It beautifully designed with marble floors and the like.
The Masters Of Excellence
The Masters of Excellence organization did a good job handling the logistics. It was a pleasure to help them out with a few of the last minute changes on the night before the conference.
John C. Maxwell Takes The Stage
John didn't disappoint. His presentation was absolutely fantastic. He is a gifted speaker and teacher. What stood out for me was how he makes sure he communicates with his audience i.e. he ensures that his knowledge transfers to his audience. He keeps it simple and makes sure to engage his audience on each point. He avoids using confusing terms or adding unnecessary sophistication to convey his message. His aim as he says it, is to add value and equip people. He is also a bit of a comedian, and uses a lot of humour to keep the attention of his audience and to cement his points.
John spoke for half the day on accomplishing your dreams and the 5 levels of leadership. He packed in a lot because as he said, he didn't take another plane trip for nothing. He came to make sure he could teach and add value to the audience.
I am honestly still digesting the pearls of wisdom he shared that day. He has rekindled my desire to teach and equip other people. You can expect me to share more with you in time. For now, I will just share the key things that I have been thinking about, implementing, digesting and teaching to other people since the conference.
The Key Lessons That Have Been On My Mind
The dream journey is hard. The first question John asked us, which is still fresh in my memory is,
Is this dream yours?
He explained that it is abnormal for us to follow our own dreams. We are most accustomed to living the dreams other people have for us. This principle helped to put things in perspective for me. It cut through some of the conflicts I have had in my life like a laser. When you consider this deeply, you realize that this is a key point of frustration for many of us. We don't readily follow our own dreams because it is uncomfortable and it feels abnormal.
The 5 levels of leadership was another key lesson for me. The 5 levels of leadership is his next book due out very soon. He has been writing it for the last 10 years!
The core take away for me from this session was that a leader can be on different levels of leadership (influence) with each person he is leading. Out of respect for John's intellectual property, that it all i will say here. You go buy the book when it is released. Personally I think it is the second level to the 21 irrefutable laws of leadership.
The law of process is another point that has stuck with me since the conference. He described it using the power of 5. He says, choose 5 activities that will move you closer towards you goals. Then do them every day, including weekends and holidays. If you can do this you will experience significant growth in your life. You will be amazed at the things that you start to accomplish.
It is a principle that I have practiced with various goals/skills at different moments of my life. Photography is a great example of this.
My challenge now is to find my power of 5, build a good structure around it and stick it out for the rest of my life.
Teaching and equipping persons was another point I took away. I need to make this into a more deliberate and pre-mediated exercise. I love to coach and I have been feeling great about my successes in teaching a few executives and celebrities the principles of social media (through Drenalin Productions). More on this service to come.
Finally John spoke about buying your dream. This links back to the first thing I talked about owning you own dream. I made this one the last point is shared because it is so so significant.
John explained, there are few better feelings we can have other than the birth of a dream. He says, it is so easy to give birth to a new dream. It is very intoxicating process, and it is easy to get high off of it.
The challenging part is in the purchase of that dream especially after the high wears off. When you think of it like that, it put things into perspective.
To buy a dream especially the big ones, you are going to have to invest significant resources in it. You are going to have to spend your time, money and energy to purchase that dream. It is likely to cost more than you initially imagined and to take longer than you initially anticipated. However, if it truly is your dream, you will have no problem investing into it as you feel a sense of ownership for that dream.
There is so much more that I can say about the conference, but i will end it here. It was a fantastic experience and I am still learning!