by Heather Nichol PLA team leader
You know someone’s message is getting to you when they can make you cry one minute and laugh the next. That’s exactly what happened to me when I heard Drew Dudley speak at this weekend’s Queen’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
One message that really stuck with me was about the list: that mental list of things I have to do to be a success. In elementary school it was those stickers I got for doing well on a test; in high school it was everything that had to go into a perfect resume to get me a scholarship to the school I wanted; and now it’s the GPA and volunteer work to again fill that perfect resume to get me into my ideal grad school. But like Drew said, why I am living my life for a piece of paper?
Success isn’t just about how good you look on your resume; it’s about how much you matter to the people around you. It’s about taking the time for tea breaks with my housemates, for QP nights with the amazing friends I made on my floor in first year, and to volunteer doing things that I really believe in with people who I love to spend time with.
I think I’m going to be making a few changes to my list.