16 April 2012
Our Personal Hero: Clayton Christensen
We started our Saturday by seeing the 6:00 am sunrise on Saturday from the Verazzano Bridge. We were traveling by bus to Albany for a youth conference for 16-18 year old kids from the entire New England area. About 800 people were there, 30 of which were our dear kids from Brooklyn. The experience we had there was unforgettable. We were able to listen to a keynote talk given by one of our personal heroes & mentors, Clayton Christiansen, one of the kindest, most insightful and accomplished individuals we've ever known. (The commencement address he gave at Harvard Business School can give you an idea of what this man is like.) Danny had the privilege of working with him closely in Boston on some church & community endeavors and Clayton later played a sweet part in our Love Story as he was one of the first people to know that Danny & I were dating. :) :) He was so very happy for us then & later attended our wedding. It was purely delightful, inspiring, and even life changing to be around him again and to hear him speak, especially since he recently had a stroke and has had to retrain himself to speak. As we listened to Clayton speak about dedicating your life to a greater good, I just practically sobbed. This man has done that so fully & completely despite a million opportunities to do otherwise, including worldwide work demands, cancer, heart attacks, and a stroke. He truly is an example of everything that I would aspire to be.
Do you have any heroes? I'd love to hear who! If you don't have one, I highly recommend choosing one! :) It's truly amazing what influence another person can have on your life....
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