December 12th, 2005 09:52 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Gary Tuerack, Tuerack Training International
Those striving to be successful had a chance to attend a training session here at Marshall.
Think of the major goals you want to achieve during your life and write them down. Next, think of what you want to achieve within the next five years and write them down. Last, think of what you would want to do if you had only six months to live and write it down.
According to Gary Tuerack, those are the most important things you will want to achieve during your life.
Tuerack shared this idea and many more with an audience of more than 200 students Feb. 7 during a presentation entitled "Discover the Secrets of the World`s Most Successful People!" in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center.
Students of all ages, including those from sororities and fraternities, filled the room to learn the secrets of how to be successful.
Tuerack said he was very excited to be at Marshall.
"I visit over 100 colleges a year," Tuerack said. "You all have been very warm and friendly to me since I got here."
Tuerack travels the world motivating and encouraging students to set goals and achieve success.
The Student Activities Programming Board arranged for him to come to Marshall after some members attended one of his presentations, said P. Andy Hermansdorfer, director of student activities and Greek affairs.
This is about leadership development, " Hermansdorfer said. It gives the students a chance to learn about themselves. "
Originally from New York, Tuerack graduated from Cornell University with a major in psychology.
Five years after graduation, he was nominated by the National Association of Campus Activities and the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities as the 1999 best lecturer of the year.
According to a brochure from Tuerack Training International, he has become an expert on success by doing extensive research and interviews with some of the most highly regarded people in America.
Tuerack started the presentation at Marshall with a slide show to relate to all the students in the room. He explained that college was the time to grow up, have fun and learn.
He also said students tend to care more about making money than about doing something they really love.
Tuerack then started giving hints on how to be successful.
"If you look around to determine your own actions," Tuerack said, "then you will miss out."
He also advised the audience to set clear goals and keep them written down.
Tuerack said behavior is limited by early conditioning. Parents often keep their children from going after their dreams, he said.
Fear is also another big factor that keeps people from living out their dreams, Tuerack said.
"Fear holds us back," he said. "It is the number one thing that keeps us from living our lives. Confidence comes from just doing it."
There are five things to do if you want to be successful, according to Tuerack.
Successful people do what they love, have vision - put aside fear, think big, have goals and take action involving risk.
The students were encouraged to participate throughout the presentation and challenged to learn.
Miranda L. Woofter, freshman elementary major from Parkersburg, went to the presentation for credit in her speech class but left with much more.
"I thought the presentation was great and it kept your attention," Woofter said. "I learned to envision my goals, what I want and how to achieve them."
Joe Spadafore, sophomore business major from Shinnston, was also glad he attended the presentation.
"I thought it was very interesting and motivational," Spadafore said. "I plan to go out and set goals for myself."
Tuerack ended the presentation by asking the audience to participate in a three-day challenge.
During a three-day challenge, participants are supposed to do all the things they have wanted to do, but were too afraid to actually do them.
Tuerack encouraged the people who agreed to do the three-day challenge to send him e-mails about their progress. He then said he would post the results on his Webpage.
There are many advantages of attending one of Tuerack`s presentations, he said.
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