|Posted by Mike Tan on June 8, 2009 at 7:18 AM||comments (4)|
What if you were a professor and you were asked to hypothetically give your last lecture? What would you say to your students? Would you treat it as any other lecture? Would you tell them a story? What life lessons would you live them with? What if this wasn't hypothetically your last lecture, but it was actually your last lecture?
|Posted by Mike Tan on May 15, 2009 at 3:16 AM||comments (0)|
I just came back from one of the most magical events of my life, called West Fest. It was an event celebrate the launch of Free the Children in BC. It was an action packed night full of tons of positive energy and excitement, featuring:
|Posted by Mike Tan on May 6, 2009 at 4:25 AM||comments (1)|
Here's a video I put together a couple of years ago about my experience on exchange in Thailand. I'll let the video do all the talking:
|Posted by Mike Tan on May 5, 2009 at 2:16 AM||comments (0)|
This past October, I had the chance to see Tony Robbins speak live at Unleash the Power Within in Vancouver. It was an event that changed my life. That weekend, I walked on fire, I cheered and danced like I was at a Stanley Cup Game (and the Canucks actually won) for three days straight, I met amazing people from all around the world who were fired up to make a difference in this world.
I thought I would share Tony Robbin's talk at TED, a conference I one day hope I get to go to and a site that everyone should go to see more inspiring videos and talks. Be sure to check out his little interaction with Al Gore.
|Posted by Mike Tan on April 5, 2009 at 2:20 AM||comments (1)|
I received this in a email, a couple of years ago, from a friend. If anyone knows the source, please let me know.
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?" I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze. "Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked. She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, have a couple of kids.." "No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. "I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me.
At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know."
She concluded her speech by courageously singing "The Rose." She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.
REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.