This Week in Young Leaders

Dinner: A Photo Essay

Dinner, we all partake. Yet many young leaders today view this daily ritual much differently than generations of the past. What exactly does supper time mean to Americans across the country (and around the world). Check out this photo essay by Miho Aikawa to find out how dinner has become much more about a glimpse into our private lives, social habits, and personalities than it is nutrition and sustenance.  more

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Great Minds Don't Just Think Alike...

... they stick to a daily routine. Apparently, When Mozart wasn't writing masterpieces, he was giving music lessons during the day. Freud, no suprise here, treated patients. And Pablo Picasso famously said, "Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” more

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Finish What You Started

Over on our runner's blog, Coach Tony Van D would probably give you the following advice: If you start a race, finish it. We happen to know this is good advice - take for instance, Mamie who would argue it's not how fast you run the race but that you finish at all. We love that. As such, crossing the finish could also apply to everything else in life, especially when we, young leaders, seem to be part of the "Now" generation: Instant access. Instant feedback. Instant gratification. At the Y, we hear some of our members' best traits are being nurturing, genuine, hopeful, and welcoming. But what about being determined? more

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Keep on Learning

One of the most impactful lessons that I have learned as a young leader is; you are never done learning. There have been many influential leaders in the world that have advice for young leaders like me. Here are some quotes that I have around my office and house that inspire me to continue learning and growing as a leader everyday: more

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The DIY Generation: A Young Woman's Story

DIY: Do It Yourself. 

Sahra Vang Nguyen came to the U.S. after escaping Vietnam by boat. Early on, her parents taught her to make her own mark and to define her own path in life. See how this young poet, painter, and filmmaker is part of the DIY Generation and using her own resources to be a successful entrepreneur.  more

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Helping Each Other Out

fashioncurves a.k.a Lisa recently posted this message to our Forum boards: "Need a work out partner." We love seeing when friends from around the country help each other out, especially alyssav1982 and our very own Y storyteller, Leslie Hejnal (who has an amazing story herself!). As young leaders, it's important to build communities both on and offline. Take a moment to browse through our forums and - if you have a chance - show a little support for Lisa/fashioncurves and post whatever's on your mind too. 

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