Michael Uslan’s Inspirational Speech

A couple of hours ago I saw Michael Uslan talk about how he transformed his love for comic books into a full-fledged career in comic book writing and movie making (he’s the  executive producer behind the Batman movies).

Uslan talked about some really interesting things that I found really inspiring:

1. It’s worth following your passion even when it’s something unusual or even weird: People thought Uslan was crazy when he wanted to create a comic books course at Indiana University and when he wanted to buy the rights to Batman comics. But he knew it was his passion, and he’d find a way to turn that comic book into movies.

2. Even as you follow your passion, don’t forget to put your family first: Uslan and his wife raised their family in NJ, near his parents, rather than Beverly Hills. In the short term, it meant that he had to spend a week per month in LA, doing 10 meetings a day. But in the long run, it meant that his children were well settled, grounded, and  close to their grandparents.

3. 95 percent of people wait for opportunities to come to them; be part of the 5 percent that gets up and does something: This was an epiphany for me. It always seems as if you’re competing with SO many people to get a job or an opportunity, but it really is a small handful who’re focused, dedicated and want to get somewhere, who you’re competing with.

I have one beef with Uslan though: he’s the guy who wrote the Archie Comic series where Archie chooses Veronica! How awful. I sided with Betty all the way.

All in all, very awesome. If he ever speaks at a venue near you, make sure to go.

At NSCS Leadership Summit/Convention

This is my third NSCS convention and summit and it’s been amazing so far!

Today’s the summit day, which means that NSCS officers are being trained on how to run their chapters effectively. They learnt about everything from how to run community service programs to managing their budget to engaging members and potential members effectively.

It’s been really cool watching officers take in the information and get inspired to do something great with their chapters.

I did some interviews with officers, so look for those in the near future.

NSCS Convention Coming Up!

Next week, NSCS’ Leadership Summit and Convention will officially begin.

This is my third Summit/Convention and I’m really looking forward to it.

Aside from leadership development and career workshops, we have inspirational speakers, and networking opportunities.  The best part is seeing motivated, excited NSCS members respond to the workshops, presentations and speeches.

Starting next Thursday, we will be blogging and tweeting Summit/Convention highlights.

You can find us on Twitter at twitter.com/nscs, and of course add our blog to your feed reader so you can follow along through the Convention!

Photos from Convention

Hey everyone,

You can see all of the pictures from Convention by visiting our sites on Facebook and Photobucket.

We also have uploaded a few videos to YouTube that you can watch as well.

Saturday Wrap-up

Aside from some great workshops on Med school and the GRE, GMAT, LSAT etc, we also announced the location of our 2009 location. Watch the video below to find out and make sure YOU attend next year!

Workshop Highlights from Friday and Saturday

1. Future of Technology: Attendees got to try on the headset that allows you to use your mind to control the movement on the screen! I didn’t believe it was true, until I watched it, and it was pretty amazing. Emotiv, the company that makes this, fields hundreds of demo requests, so we were among the lucky few to get them to present. And it was totally worth it. I spoke to some attendees who tried it, so look for that in future blog posts and on our Web site.

2. Med school workshops– we had several of these, from how to get into med school to how to fund it. By the way, the University of Central Florida is offering fully-paid medical school seats at their newly-minted med school, so NSCS members who were present got a head-start on applying and getting in– they heard from the school’s dean.

3. Workshops on networking, interviewing and other job-getting skills: These workshops were led by experts from GEICO, Liberty Mutual, New York Life, and more. I especially heard lots of great feedback on the networking workshop, which was toallyhands-on– students stood up and practiced networking with each other.

4. Global Public Service:
This workshop was led by Peace Corps volunteers/ employees. It was an amazing way to get first-hand info on Peace Corps work and how to participate in the program. SO much better than just learning about it on a Web site and e-mailing to ask questions.

5. Scholarships 101
This workshop covered the basics of applying for scholarships, common mistakes people make and much more. I never realized how many local scholarship opportunities there are, and this workshop did a good job of highlighting that. I did an interview with one of the panelists, Kim Stezala, so look for that in the next few weeks.

Highlights from Friday at Convention

Aside from Gideon Yago’s speech, they include:

– Rory Kennedy, documentary filmmaker and RFK’s youngest child, talking about her work.

-Linda Bolton, national recipient of the Inspire Integrity Awards AND a professor of English at The University of Iowa, receiving her award and check (Linda received a $3,250 stipend and NSCS donated $2,000 to the university’s scholarship fund).

-Cameron Johnson’s speech about the power of entrepreneurship and how it can change lives.

I did interviews with all three, so look for those on our Web site, http://www.nscs.org, in the coming weeks.