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A Guide to Fulfillment. -my views on sam thiara's personal branding seminar

Updated: Jul 13, 2021


Hello everybody! My name is Kangan Bansal and I’m a grade 10 drama student at Cawthra Park Secondary School. I’m a first-time student at Illuminate Universe and already so far I’m learning and enjoying so much from alongside my peers and with the help of our leaders guiding us! This week, I had the pleasant opportunity to attend a guest lecture by Sam Thiara at a welcoming orientation to the academy, where he spoke about self-branding and many insightful opinions and experiences of his own. Today, I’m excited to talk to you about some of the things we learned, my favorite parts of the lecture, what I learned about myself, and more!


A glimpse of the experience:

From the moment Sam captivatingly introduced himself and his many pursuits, I was hooked and so impressed, and the pages upon pages of notes I scrambled are proof! In case you don’t already know, Sam Thiara is, in his own words, a “speaker, storyteller, mentor, coach, author, blogger, applied academic, entrepreneur and intrapreneur, problem solver and a community do-gooder”. Woah, that's a lot- but not a single false word as he has the knowledge and experiences to back them all up! Now, let's go over what exactly it was that was learned from Sam’s workshop and lecture.

First and foremost, he introduced the acronym “CARE” which reflected how we should act during the tough time being experienced in the COVID-19 pandemic. It stands for:

Collaborate- To remind ourselves we are not alone in this, and that there are so many people to help us, as well as the ways we can help others.

Adaptability- In order to be more agile and quickly shift to new circumstances, rules, environments, and emotions.

Resilience- As we know this challenge has been going on for nearly 2 years and will not be over anytime soon, so we must face it and pull forward.

Empathy- Since we must remember to show care and compassion to the people around us, as they too are struggling and being inconsiderate of that is only going to bring us down as a society.

Secondly, he compared the differences between high school and university, alongside some advice to transition between them, as well as 8 tips to remember in the first semester of university (all found in the photo on the left!)

Next, Sam talked about branding. He mentioned how there's a product and personal branding, and that everyone has a brand, as it’s what others would say about you if you left the room. He went into great detail about the significance of self-identification/branding and suggested many tips along the way.

Afterward, he discussed understanding perspectives. Seeing all sides to the story is a crucial thing to do as it's important to have different perspectives so you could possibly have a solution you never saw with a differing perspective. Also, perspectives lead to the development of an opinion, opinions lead to our truth, and can often help up see positives.

Then, we learned a bit about leadership and how you don’t determine if you’re a leader, but your followers do. The opinions and perspectives of the people you're leading obviously define your leadership skills and not your own biased opinion. Also about leading/mentoring, he states that you can always be a mentor, but you have to know who you are, know your mentor, and know some of the best ones are not in your area, and that you are never confined to one mentor/coach yourself.

Finally, Sam ended off with many important life lessons explained with detailed experiences he’s had that taught him a great amount and what to live by, as seen below:

  • Transaction vs transformation- often our interactions are transactional, but transformations are shifting it in a way for both parties. Use the words relationship building over networking.

  • Purpose over passion- passion can not be sustained, the reality is that purpose is hard to find, passion ignites purpose, and purpose is where fulfillment goes, use 5 cores

  • Goals vs intentions- have intentions, not goals, which are linear and absolute. Goals are restrictive and make you eliminate opportunities that you wouldn't with intentions

  • Problems and solutions- people can tell you what the problem is but very few can give solutions. Look and understand the problem, but look for you're opportunities that can outcome in a solution

  • Who is the employer?- think of an employer as who they’re looking for, everyone seeks something different from the employee

  • Teacup- the biggest impacts come from the smallest actions, do because it's right not for something.

  • Winning the lottery, losing the ticket- many tic