Keynote Speaker: Travis Hardin
Written by Jessica Pierce
A native of the great state of Tennessee, Travis Hardin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) in 1999. As a John Maxwell Certified Speaker and Trainer he is equipped in aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of proven leadership methods.
For more than 15 years, Travis has given inspirational speeches for purposeful living, specifically, on production capacity, personal and professional growth, overcoming disciplinary challenges, and diversity and inclusion. His self-reflective transparency in speeches and workshops has provided him with opportunities to speak around the globe.
“It gives me the greatest level of humility to inspire people and demonstrate in practice that all of us can grow and increase our positive influence on this generation and those around us beyond our wildest expectations. I challenge you to a new season of growth. It begins with your passion to reach new levels.”
- Coasting zone
- Comfort zone – I do what I’ve always done
- Challenge zone – I attempt to do what I’ve never done before
- Creative zone – The ultimate growth goal – attempt to think what I’ve never thought before. I’m going to think outside of the box, getting rid of the box. Think in a way I’ve never thought before. Make sure my career and people I know provide opportunities.
Mindsets that keep mental blocks
- I don’t know how to do that. Learn as I grow. Proceed without knowing the answers – learn as we GROW!
- I can’t do that. Keeps us from the creative zone.
- I have to follow the rules.
- Mindset that failure is bad. Failures have been greatest growth moments in life. Failure isn’t bad, it means I’m trying.
We need to be Hope Dealers, they place a value on culture and strive to make everything better. When you are looking for a new career, this is the time to be creative, dream and get out of the normal thinking patterns. Here are some creative principles to live by.
- Build a creative culture. What can you do to build a creative culture. Freedom and flexibility fosters creativity. Creative thought tank.
- Make everything better.
- Make plans but look for options.
- Place high value on ideas.
- Seek out and listen to different voices. Mentors.
Connect at the heart with people- we all need to become HOPE dealers because our family, neighbors, and communities need us.
- Goal oriented vs growth oriented. Improving yourself – the first step in improving everything else. Our community is struggling right now, become neighborhood Hope Dealers. Goals help me to do better, growth helps me to become better. The difference between doing and the becoming in your life? Growth changes.
- Growth outward vs growth inward. Focus on a few areas. Focus on the growth areas. Successful people have great attitudes, strong relationships. Everything rises and falls on leadership. Learns how to develop others.
- Growth with a timeline vs growth without a finish line.
Goals vs Growth Chart:
|Honors Privilege||Honors Service|
|Emphasizes the Teacher||Emphasizes the Student|
|Target is “Arrival”||Target is “Growth”|
Successful people have:
- Great attitudes
- Laser-sharp focused on a few things.
- Strong relationships (they listen and the next day call you back and pour into you)
- Effectively lead their family, community, and those around me (lead in everything we do)
- Learn how to develop others. Who will you pour into?
Final Question to ponder: When was the last time you used something new (not an established process, routine, or known method) to learn/unlearn/relearn something?
Financial Success During Career Transition
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- Understand your unemployment benefits. Apply – don’t miss out.
- Don’t forget to keep paying taxes (even on unemployment)
- Deduct your job-hunting expenses
- Go back to school to advance your skills or learn something new.
- Become under-employed, check out “gig” jobs
- Budget, budget, budget
- If you are 55 or older, you can take penalty free money from your IRA using (72t)
- Purchase health insurance with your IRA funds.
- Consider reversing a contribution you made to your IRA.
- Ask for help.
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