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Sat, 2008-06-21 16:07

I have a confession to make… I am not proud of this. I have kept it to myself for many, many years. This part of my life caused my mother a lot of frustration for a good part of her life. It’s one of those things that I used to think that, if I had just one wish, I would go back in time and do it all over again. This is part of my life that I haven’t really spoken about.

Ready for it? I was horrible at school. All of it. Elementary, high school and post secondary. I didn’t enjoy the structure of the classroom. I wasn’t “dumb”, if I enjoyed it, I excelled at it. I remember my high school principal saying to my grade 11 Math teacher… “Stu’s not here to learn, he’s here to enjoy himself.”

I didn’t graduate with my friends, I had no cap, no gown. I did not walk across a stage. My parents did not snap a fun photo of me with my arms raised in celebration. There was no after party. I sat in the audience, alone. Wishing I had worked just a little harder, done just a little more. I learned a lot that evening.

It would be strange for my old English teacher to meet me now. I keep three journals, I write all the time, I live for another chance to share my thoughts with myself and anyone who is interested. I have written two books and I am beginning my third. I love the passion I get from learning. In fact, one of my three journals is labeled “The Learning Journal”. Each day, I try and share some time with someone great. I watch, read or listen to a great thinker almost every day. It’s like going for coffee with them.

This morning after my run, I watched a 30 minute interview with Richard Branson. He taught me something today. He pushed me to think about how I live my life. He said, “All you have in the end is your reputation.” Made me think about the day-to-day actions of the friends I keep, the staff at The Leadership Training Centre and the way I live my life. I got charged up. I am ready to learn more.

Consider this quote…

“The level of thinking that got you to where you now are will not get you to where you dream of being.”
- Albert Einstein

There was a time when I fought the learning, Now I have an insatiable appetite for it. I want to grow. Too many of us finish our formal school and put our lives on “cruise control”. Not this guy, not me. I want to learn more about the world, more about me.

So what are you going to learn today? How are you going to push yourself a little further. I have met too many people that have said they wished they learned more, not less. Want to start? Look at this website … it has a plethora of great wisdom… www.ted.com. Go learn, enjoy.

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    Students were very engaged, enthusiastic and excited. Stu is hilarious…seriously. “Humour is never a bad thing” said one student.

    ~Annalisa Varano - Vice Principal - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
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    They say a great presenter “leaves them wanting more”. Well, we loved your presentation and the entire team asked me when you will be back! You are truly STUpendous!

    ~Nancy Klensch - Founder of Summit Kids
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    Stu is an energetic, entertaining and dynamic presenter. He captures is audiences’ attention and keeps the room engaged for the entire presentation! His stories in his presentation captures everyone at different points, even the teachers!

    ~Sara Meaney - Cobourg Collegiate Institute
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    Stu was great! Staff and students felt it really broke the anxiety in the building and we even got cupcakes today from one of the students.

    ~Carrie Rowlandson - William Aberhart High School, Calgary Alberta
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    Stu was fantastic. There is nothing better than seeing 600 adolescents laughing their heads off. He delivers a terrific message and has the entire audience engaged, thinking, listening and most importantly laughing within seconds, and he keeps it going for over an hour. Thanks again on behalf of the Shores!!

    ~Doug Woods - Vice Principal, Nantyr Shores Secondary School
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    Stu’s speech did exactly what I hoped it would do when I tried to bring him in: it brought the school together for a good laugh while empowering the student body to be the change they wish to see in their classroom. I feel he hit this goal perfectly.

    ~Steven Fotheringham - Oakville Trafalgar High School
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    I really liked how the speech really just seemed like Stu was telling us funny stories, but he always related it back to the overall message. It didn’t sound like a speech at all, it was as if he was just talking to the crowd. I would say that he is excellent in connecting with the audience and keeping them entertained. There was not a two minute period in Stu’s speech were nobody was laughing. He kept us amused throughout the entire presentation. I thought he was perfect.

    ~James Palloto
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    I would highly recommend Stu, his engaging personality was a real hook for the students and his messages were ones that many of them could identify with. The humour was great and the students shared that they enjoyed the presentation.

    ~Teresa Fowler - W.H. Croxford High School, Airdrie, Alberta
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    Stu is personable. Students are willing to listen to him. They enjoy listening to him. He has a message, but he is also entertaining. He is fun to listen to and students don’t feel talked down to or preached at.

    ~Tanya Lacey - McKinnon Park Secondary School, Caledonia, ON
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    I was at the OCA conference on May 6th, and I just wanted to thank you on being such a wicked keynote… you definitely put me back in the camp mindset and reminded me of what’s truly important about the up-coming summer. Once again, a job very well done.

    ~Emily Summers
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    The students really enjoyed Stu’s humour and low-key but critical message about getting involved and getting the most out of their High School experience. I would recommend Stu as a speaker who relates well to students, is funny, and gets the message out without preaching.

    Thank you,

    ~Lynn Toye