In 2012, I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Omar Samra, the first Egyptian and the youngest Arab to climb Mount Everest. He spoke of the journey to the top of the mountain. As I was enthralled by his amazing story, my mind and soul were captured by one simple truth: At some point in climbing Mt. Everest, you focus ONLY on the next step, literally. It takes all your strength, all your resolve, and all your heart to take that next step. It requires you, in that very moment, to be bold.
Most of us may never undertake a feat similar to Omar’s. Yet, every day we are required to take that next step and be bold in less dramatic ways.
It may be that you decide to go back to school after raising a family. It may be that you finally stop living your life according to everyone else’s definition of who and what you should be, and you take the first step in building your own dream. Or maybe you finally face your dread of public speaking or your fear of not being “good enough” and prepare yourself to ask for that long overdue promotion.
All of us at Anderson’s Executive and Professional Education Center understand and respect the courage and commitment it takes to be bold because we tend to take the road less travelled, too.
We embrace learning in novel and unique ways. We encourage exploration and collaboration to create new and different opportunities for you, our participants, and for ourselves. We push each other to stretch beyond our perceived limitations.
We know it can be challenging and even a bit frightening at times. We say, “Do it anyway.” Our staff, our faculty, and our student workers are all here to support you.
So, be bold and transform your world; the rewards are awesome.
Career and Professional Development Program Manager
Executive and Professional Education