Karate Kid

The Karate Kid is asked to repeatedly place his jacket on the hook and then remove it. He tires of this routine and thinks it is pointless. What he doesn’t realize though, is that this simple task gave him the perfect form for karate. Like the Karate Kid, sometimes we don’t see the significance in keeping a routine when there isn’t a direct result. Even though we don’t see the significance, both ourselves and others may be impacted. For example, when you consistently smile at someone in the hallway, their entire day may brighten up. The effect of smiling at someone every day for a whole year is much greater than the effect of just smiling at someone every once in awhile, which shows just how important keeping a routine is.

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This is the amazing story of Jessica Cox, a woman born with no arms. With the support of her parents and her refusal to think of herself as a victim, Jessica has conquered not only the everyday challenges that life throws at her, but also playing the piano, flying a plane, and now motivational speaking. Jessica travels around the world reminding us that the limitations that we see in front or ourselves are mental. If we have the determination and the drive, we can accomplish anything. Jessica especially strives to be an inspiration to people that have disabilities, as she was once greatly inspired by a grown woman with no arms, who led a very “normal” life.

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The Extra Mile

This fantastic demonstration of leadership comes to us in the story of Dick and Rick Hoyt. Rick’s umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck at birth and he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Despite this disability, Rick’s father Dick wanted Rick to be able to have the same experiences as normal people. Dick trained and conditioned to be able to run marathons and IronMan courses all while pushing, pulling, and biking Rick. Dick’s sacrifice and dedication to Rick is unparalleled.

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How Bad Do You Want it


This video depicts the hard work one must go through to be successful. Using an analogy of a old man and young boy out in the water, the speaker explains that if you truly want to succeed, you need to want it more than you want air. Whatever you do, it must be a key piece of your life; it must be a part of you. It will take sacrifice, dedication, and passion.


  • What do you have this kind of passion for in your life?
  • How important is passion in your life? Do you focus more on “resume builders” or things you are truly passionate about?
  • Does seeing other people’s passions inspire and motivate us? How does this translate to leadership? If others see how passionate you are about positive values, (acceptance, positivity, love etc) will it influence them?